Virus cases, hospital stays keep dropping in West Virginia

FILE - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Nursing home visits are being allowed again in West Virginia as the state focuses on coronavirus outbreaks in the general populations of individual counties without clamping down on areas without them. Justice warned Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, that the visits could end quickly in some places if further outbreaks occur within nursing homes themselves. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is on track to have its lowest weekly count of positive coronavirus cases since late October.

The state reported 1,816 confirmed cases from last Monday through Saturday. There have been no days in the past week when the daily total was above 400. The last time that happened was in the week ending Oct. 25, when there were about 1,550 cases reported over seven days.

The number of people hospitalized for the virus statewide on Saturday was 327. That’s the lowest count since early November.

And the number of active cases statewide, 11,823, has plummeted from its peak of 29,257 on Jan. 10.

At least 2,210 virus-related deaths have been reported in West Virginia, including 81 for the week ending Sunday. It marked the first time since late November that the state had under 100 deaths reported in one week.