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Coronavirus in West Virginia: State confirms death in Kanawha County

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CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., on May 2, there have been 49,146 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,169 positive, 47,977 negative and 48 deaths. The cumulative percent of positive test results remains under 3%.

The state also reports over half of the COVID-19 patients reported in the Mountain State have recovered.

However, DHHR has confirmed the death of a 70-year old male from Kanawha County.

“Our sincere condolences are extended to the family of this West Virginian,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.

Even with the new reported death, West Virginia’s COVID-19 related death rate is still under the United States’ average of 5.397%. As of this morning, the state’s death rate is slightly over 4%.

State officials also say although they reported the 47th death reported was a 97-year old male from Putnam County, the Kanawha Charleston Health Department revised the filing of that death report and is now reporting his county of residence as Kanawha County.

State confirmed cases per county include:

  • Barbour – 5
  • Berkeley – 155
  • Boone – 6
  • Braxton – 2
  • Brooke – 3
  • Cabell – 44
  • Fayette – 14
  • Gilmer – 2
  • Grant – 1
  • Greenbrier – 5
  • Hampshire – 7
  • Hancock – 10
  • Hardy – 6
  • Harrison – 30
  • Jackson – 130
  • Jefferson – 79
  • Kanawha – 165
  • Lewis – 4
  • Lincoln – 2
  • Logan – 13
  • Marion – 46
  • Marshall – 14
  • Mason – 12
  • McDowell – 6
  • Mercer – 10
  • Mineral – 18
  • Mingo – 2
  • Monongalia – 102
  • Monroe – 5
  • Morgan – 13
  • Nicholas – 6
  • Ohio – 30
  • Pendleton – 3
  • Pleasants – 2
  • Pocahontas – 2
  • Preston – 13
  • Putnam – 27
  • Raleigh – 9
  • Randolph – 4
  • Roane – 7
  • Summers – 1
  • Taylor – 6
  • Tucker – 4
  • Tyler – 3
  • Upshur – 4
  • Wayne – 90
  • Wetzel – 3
  • Wirt – 3
  • Wood – 40
  • Wyoming – 1

These are considered official numbers reported to the state, which will be reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Delays may be experienced with the reporting of cases and deaths from the local health department to the state health department.

As case surveillance continues at the local health department level, it may reveal that those tested in a certain county may not be a resident of that county or even the state as an individual in question may have crossed the state border to be tested. 

The dashboard at www.coronavirus.wv.gov contains West Virginia-specific data and now includes outbreak information for West Virginia’s nursing homes. 

A Frequently Asked Questions document has been developed regarding case counts and can be found here

The number of laboratory results received refers to the number of tests performed and completed, not the number of residents tested as some individuals have had multiple samples taken for COVID-19 tests.

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