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COVID-19 Numbers Keep Dropping in West Virginia

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)

West Virginia continues to see drops on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to a successful vaccination effort.

According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the number of positive cases over a 14-day period between Feb. 8 and Feb. 21 was 4,751, which was a 48 percent decrease compared to 9,046 cases between Jan. 25. through Feb. 7.

As of Monday — the most recent data available — the state reported 238 new cases received in a 24-hour period compared to Sunday’s data. The state averaged 282 cases per day over a seven-day period, down from 397 cases the previous seven days.

Active COVID-19 cases — the number of infected people in self-quarantine or hospitalized — was 8,795 cases as of Monday — a 25 percent decrease from 11,683 active cases seven days ago and a 70 percent decrease from a peak of 29,257 active cases on Jan. 10.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported three new positive COVID-19 cases in its Monday night update. That brought the county’s totals to 3,753 cases and 65 deaths since the pandemic began.

The Marshall County Health Department reported 11 new confirmed positive and three new probable COVID cases in its Monday night update. That brought that county’s totals to 2,327 confirmed cases, 630 probable cases, seven hospitalizations and 62 associated deaths.

Hancock County was green on Monday’s DHHR map, the map’s safest category. Brooke and Ohio counties were gold and Marshall County was yellow. Hancock County had an infection rate of 8.43 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 2.72. Brooke County had an infection rate of 16.93 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.21.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 16.56 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.04. Marshall County had an infection rate of 16.84 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 3.63.

In Ohio, the Belmont County Health Department reported 5,239 confirmed cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic. Sixty people have been hospitalized and 96 people have died after being infected with the virus. Three additional deaths were reported Monday, a man in his 80s and two women in their 70s.

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