The West Virginia Department of Health and Human
Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 18,
2020, there have been 19,794 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 825
positive, 18,969 negative and 18 deaths.
The additional two
deaths are an 83-year old man and an 88-year old woman from Jackson County,
both affiliated with a nursing home. “We grieve with these families during
their time of loss,” said Bill J. Crouch, Cabinet Secretary of DHHR.
These are considered official numbers
reported to the state, which will in turn, be reported
to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medical providers
and laboratories are required to report positive test results to DHHR.
Delays may be experienced
with the reporting of cases and deaths from the local health department to the
state health department. It’s not uncommon for the local level to report case
numbers first and then officially report it to the state.
CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour
(4), Berkeley (107), Boone (2), Braxton (1), Brooke (3), Cabell (30), Fayette
(4), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (6), Hancock (7), Hardy (3), Harrison
(29), Jackson (70), Jefferson (60), Kanawha (111), Lewis (2), Lincoln (1),
Logan (8), Marion (42), Marshall (8), Mason (11), McDowell (6), Mercer (8),
Mineral (8), Mingo (2), Monongalia (84), Monroe (4), Morgan (8), Nicholas (3),
Ohio (22), Pendleton (2), Pleasants (1), Preston (10), Putnam (14),
Raleigh (7), Randolph (4), Roane (2), Summers (1), Taylor (5), Tucker (4),
Tyler (3), Upshur (4), Wayne (75), Wetzel (3), Wirt (2), Wood (29), Wyoming (1).
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. Such is the case of Ohio
County in this report.
A dashboard is available at www.coronavirus.wv.gov with
West Virginia-specific data, including information on
the health status of COVID-19 positive patients. 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.