The West Virginia Department of Health and Human
Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 22,
2020, there have been 26,961 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 963
positive, 25,998 negative and 29 deaths.
Additional deaths that have been reported in an
official capacity are an 85-year old woman from Jackson County, an 85-year old
woman from Kanawha County, and a 69-year old woman from Barbour County. “Each
tragic death reported is a solemn reminder of the seriousness of this disease,”
said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “We send our sympathy to these
families and urge all West Virginians to continue following the guidelines to
protect vulnerable residents.”
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 (125), Boone (2), Braxton (1), Brooke (3), Cabell (35), Fayette
(5), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (7), Hancock (7), Hardy (3), Harrison
(30), Jackson (109), Jefferson (65), Kanawha (141), Lewis (2), Lincoln (1),
Logan (10), Marion (43), Marshall (8), Mason (11), McDowell (6), Mercer (9),
Mineral (11), Mingo (2), Monongalia (89), Monroe (5), Morgan (7), Nicholas (4),
Ohio (24), Pendleton (1), Pleasants (2), Preston (12), Putnam (19), Raleigh
(8), Randolph (4), Roane (4), Summers (1), Taylor (5), Tucker (4), Tyler (3),
Upshur (4), Wayne (81), Wetzel (3), Wirt (3), Wood (35), 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 Monongalia and Roane counties 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.