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West Virginia reports 1,151 COVID-19 cases with a 2.43% positive test rate

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Published: May. 1, 2020 at 10:10 AM EDT
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UPDATE (5 p.m.):

As of 5 p.m on May 1, when the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) issued their evening update on the COVID-19 case total, there have been 1,151 confirmed cases across the Mountain State.

A total of 47,062 West Virginia residents have been tested, with 45,911 negative results, 1,151 positive results, and 47 confirmed deaths due to the virus.

Since West Virginia's 10 a.m., update, that was an increase of just 218 tests in the day, after 2,000 new tests were confirmed between the department's Thursday evening and Friday morning updates.

The most recent death confirmed on Friday was of a 97-year old man from Putnam County.

“It is with great sadness that we announce another life lost to this pandemic,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.

As of May 1, testing numbers indicated that West Virginia has tested 2.5% of its population for COVID-19 – significantly higher than the national average of 1.8% and than Virginia, which has tested about one percent of the state population.

Of those that have been tested in West Virginia, 2.45% received positive COVID-19 tests. Governor Jim Justice's plan for reopening West Virginia calls for that percentage to remain below 3% in order for plans to keep moving forward for phases of reopening the state.

This week started Week 1 of Justice's plan, and May 4 starts Week 2, when some businesses, like hair salons, can begin reopening.

But testing for many people across West Virginia has been very limited, with people reporting difficulties finding anywhere near them that can perform tests and a lot of people in rural areas having to travel miles to the closest hospital just to find out that they don't meet the screening requirements.

Of all the confirmed cases in the state, 22% have been among people 70 and older.

That's likely due to West Virginia's all-out effort ordered by Governor Jim Justice to try to test every single nursing home resident across the state for COVID-19.

As of May 1, 76 patients were hospitalized, 442 were in home isolation, and 572 had fully recovered from the virus in West Virginia.

All of that data and more can be found in a slideshow

, updated daily.

Medical providers and laboratories have been required to report positive test results to DHHR, but will now have to report all results and do so electronically. Once the DHHR has them, they then submit the official numbers to the CDC and update their

.

As of 5 p.m. on May 1, there were, in our area: 1 confirmed case in Grant County,

, and 3 confirmed cases in Pendleton County.

Across the state, these are the confirmed cases by county, as of 5 p.m. on May 1:

Barbour (5), Berkeley (153), Boone (6), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (43), Fayette (14), Gilmer (2), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (7), Hancock (10), Hardy (6), Harrison (30), Jackson (130), Jefferson (79), Kanawha (161), Lewis (4), Lincoln (2), Logan (13), Marion (46), Marshall (13), Mason (12), McDowell (6), Mercer (10), Mineral (18), Mingo (2), Monongalia (101), Monroe (5), Morgan (12), Nicholas (6), Ohio (29), Pendleton (3), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (2), Preston (13), Putnam (27), Raleigh (9), Randolph (4), Roane (6), Summers (1), Taylor (6), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (4), Wayne (86), Wetzel (3), Wirt (3), Wood (40), Wyoming (1)

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As of 10 a.m on May 1, when the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) issued their morning update on the COVID-19 case total, there have been 1,136 confirmed cases across the Mountain State.

A total of 46,844 West Virginia residents have been tested, with 45,708 negative results, 1,136 positive results, and 46 confirmed deaths due to the virus.

The most recent two deaths confirmed on Friday were of a 58-year old man and an 86-year old woman, both from Jackson County.

“We grieve with these families at this time of great loss,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.

About 2,000 new tests were confirmed between the department's Thursday evening and Friday morning updates.

Tests administered in West Virginia have now risen back above the number that was reported on Monday and then lowered on Tuesday when the state health department sifted through thousands of duplicate reports they had received "through the massive onboarding from hospitals/facilities over the last five days."

According to the DHHR, many of the results sent by hospitals and facilities had previously been reported by reference labs or entered by hand into the state database before the facilities were able to submit testing results electronically.

As of May 1, testing numbers indicated that West Virginia has tested 2.5% of its population for COVID-19 – significantly higher than the national average of 1.8% and than Virginia, which has tested about one percent of the state population.

Of those that have been tested in West Virginia, 2.43% received positive COVID-19 tests. Governor Jim Justice's plan for reopening West Virginia calls for that percentage to remain below 3% in order for plans to keep moving forward for phases of reopening the state.

This week started Week 1 of Justice's plan, and May 4 starts Week 2, when some businesses, like hair salons, can begin reopening.

But testing for many people across West Virginia has been very limited, with people reporting difficulties finding anywhere near them that can perform tests and a lot of people in rural areas having to travel miles to the closest hospital just to find out that they don't meet the screening requirements.

Of all the confirmed cases in the state, 22% have been among people 70 and older.

That's likely due to West Virginia's all-out effort ordered by Governor Jim Justice to try to test every single nursing home resident across the state for COVID-19.

As of April 30, 81 patients were hospitalized, 449 were in home isolation, and 555 had fully recovered from the virus in West Virginia.

All of that data and more can be found in a slideshow

, updated daily.

Medical providers and laboratories have been required to report positive test results to DHHR, but will now have to report all results and do so electronically. Once the DHHR has them, they then submit the official numbers to the CDC and update their

.

As of 10 a.m. on May 1, there was 1 confirmed case in Grant County,

, and 3 confirmed cases in Pendleton County.

Across the state, these are the confirmed cases by county, as of 10 a.m. on May 1:

Barbour (5), Berkeley (147), Boone (6), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (43), Fayette (14), Gilmer (2), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (7), Hancock (10), Hardy (5), Harrison (30), Jackson (130), Jefferson (79), Kanawha (160), Lewis (4), Lincoln (2), Logan (13), Marion (46), Marshall (12), Mason (12), McDowell (6), Mercer (10), Mineral (18), Mingo (2), Monongalia (102), Monroe (5), Morgan (11), Nicholas (6), Ohio (28), Pendleton (3), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (2), Preston (13), Putnam (25), Raleigh (8), Randolph (4), Roane (6), Summers (1), Taylor (6), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (4), Wayne (85), Wetzel (3), Wirt (3), Wood (39), Wyoming (1)

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As of 10 a.m. on April 24, when the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) issued their morning update on the COVID-19 case total, there have been 988 confirmed cases across the Mountain State.

A total of 29,811 West Virginia residents have been tested, with 28,823 negative results, 988 positive results, and 32 confirmed deaths due to the virus.

That was a rise of one death from Thursday evening, with an 84-year-old woman from Jackson County confirmed as the 32nd death.

“We join the family in mourning the passing of this West Virginian,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.

This past Friday, the West Virginia DHHR

, both positive and negative, to the state's electronic system in real-time.

Testing for many people across West Virginia has been very limited, with people reporting difficulties finding anywhere near them that can perform tests and a lot of people in rural areas having to travel miles to the closest hospital just to find out that they don't meet the screening requirements.

According to DHHR data, about 50% of people with confirmed cases had pre-existing conditions.

As of April 23,108 patients were hospitalized, 465 were in home isolation, and 380 had fully recovered from the virus in West Virginia.

All of that data and more can be found in a slideshow

, updated daily.

Medical providers and laboratories have been required to report positive test results to DHHR, but will now have to report all results and do so electronically. Once the DHHR has them, they then submit the official numbers to the CDC and update their

.

State officials have said for weeks that negative and pending tests from commercial labs have been under-reported because some labs cannot electronically submit negative results. The new DHHR order is designed to combat that.

As of 5 p.m. on April 24, there was 1 confirmed case in Grant County, 3 confirmed cases in Hardy County, and 3 confirmed cases in Pendleton County.

Across the state, these are the confirmed cases by county, as of 10 a.m. on April 24:

Barbour (4), Berkeley (128), Boone (2), Braxton (1), Brooke (3), Cabell (38), Fayette (9), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (7), Hancock (7), Hardy (3), Harrison (30), Jackson (113), Jefferson (68), Kanawha (142), Lewis (3), Lincoln (1), Logan (11), Marion (44), Marshall (8), Mason (11), McDowell (6), Mercer (9), Mineral (11), Mingo (2), Monongalia (89), Monroe (5), Morgan (8), Nicholas (6), Ohio (25), Pendleton (3), Pleasants (2), Preston (12), Putnam (17), Raleigh (8), Randolph (4), Roane (4), Summers (1), Taylor (5), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (4), Wayne (81), Wetzel (3), Wirt (3), Wood (35), Wyoming (1)

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