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Active COVID-19 Cases in West Virginia at Lowest Level in 3 Months

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Active cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia have dropped to their lowest levels in three months.

The Department of Health and Human Resources said there were 8,954 active COVID-19 cases statewide on Saturday. The last time active cases were below 9,000 was on Nov. 12. Active cases have been falling rapidly since peaking at 29,257 on Jan. 10, a month after the state started administering virus vaccines.

West Virginia is on pace to have the lowest number of weekly virus cases since late October. There were 1,247 positive cases reported from Monday through Saturday of last week, health officials said.

The state reported 51 virus-related deaths in the past week, the fewest since early November and down from the record 206 deaths in early January.

COVID-19 metrics remained low in the Northern Panhandle. Hancock County remained green on Sunday’s DHHR map, while Brooke and Ohio counties were gold and Marshall County was yellow.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 9.42 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 2.94. Brooke County had an infection rate of 16.28 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.03.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 18.97 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.58. Marshall County had an infection rate of 16.38 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 3.44.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported 25 new positive COVID-19 cases between Saturday and Sunday in its Sunday night update. That brought the county’s totals to 3,750 cases and 65 related deaths since the pandemic began.

The Marshall County Health Department reported four new confirmed positive cases and six new probable cases in its Sunday night report. That brought the county’s totals to 2,316 confirmed cases, 627 probable cases, seven hospitalizations and 62 associated deaths.

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