UPDATE: MOV Health Department reports 2 new COVID-19 cases in Wood County; W. Va. reports 4th death

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 4/6/2020

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West Virginia health officials have reported a fourth COVID- 19 related death.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says an elderly man from Harrison County died from COVID-19. He had underlying health issues and was critically sick.

The DHHR is also reporting 21 new cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia, bringing the total to 345. The new cases are down from the 42 that were reported on Sunday.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department is reporting two new COVID-19 cases in Wood County.

That brings the total number of cases to 15. The DHHR still has Wood County listed at 11.

No new cases were reported for Pleasants, Wirt or Ritchie Counties. Jackson County did have 2 new cases reported.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department says that is will reach out to people that have been identified as a contact and give guidance and monitor for signs and symptoms of illness.

As of Monday, April 6th, 9,940 West Virginia residents have been tested for COVID-19. There have been 9,595 negative test results.


UPDATE: 4/5/2020 9:30 P.M.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department reported a 13th case of COVID-19 in Wood County on Sunday afternoon.

The health department has heard no report of additional cases in Calhoun County, Pleasants County, Ritchie County, Roane County or Wirt County.

This comes after the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported the third death from COVID-19 in the Mountain State. A 76 year-old man with underlying health problems died from the virus in Monongalia County.

The DHHR listed ten cases of COVID-19 in Wood County as of Sunday morning, when the MOVHD had identified 12.

UPDATE: 4/5/2020
West Virginia health officials have reported a third COVID- 19 related death as the confirmed positive cases in the state climb past 300.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says a 76-year-old man with underlying health issues from Monongalia County died from COVID-19. He was associated with Sundale Long Term Care.

The DHHR is also reporting 42 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total to 324.

On Saturday, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department reported 4 new positive cases, bringing in the total to 12 in Wood County. On Sunday the DHHR reports 10 cases in the county.

CONFIRMED CASES PER COUNTY:
Barbour (2)
Berkeley (54)
Cabell (5)
Greenbrier (3)
Hancock (6)
Hardy (2)
Harrison (24)
Jackson (14)
Jefferson (21)
Kanawha (51)
Logan (5)
Marion (14)
Marshall (5)
Mason (4)
Mercer (3)
Mineral (2)
Monongalia (49)
Morgan (3)
Ohio (18)
Pendleton (1)
Pleasants (1)
Preston (5)
Putnam (6)
Raleigh (4)
Randolph (3)
Roane (2)
Tucker (3)
Upshur (1)
Wetzel (2)
Wirt (1)
Wood (10)


UPDATE: 4/4/20 6:30 P.M.

According to a press release from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, four new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Wood County, as of Saturday at 6 p.m. That brings the county total to 12 positive cases.

The health department previously reported 2 cases in Roane County, 1 in Wirt County and another 1 in Pleasants County. There are no new confirmed cases in any of those counties and the department says there have been no confirmed cases in Calhoun County or Ritchie County.

The MOVHD is continually encouraging people to stay home and to follow social distancing guidelines. The department says anyone who has been tested for the virus should self-quarantine until results are known.

UPDATE: 4/4/20 2:15 P.M.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed 45 new cases of COVID-19 in the Mountain State on Saturday. That brings the state total to 282 positive cases.

As of Saturday morning, 7,404 people have tested negative for the virus and two people have died from it. One of those deaths was confirmed in Jackson County.

The DHHR provided a breakdown of cases in a press release showing how many cases are in each county. Here's the list: Barbour (2), Berkeley (49), Cabell (5), Greenbrier (3), Hancock (6), Hardy (2), Harrison (19), Jackson (13), Jefferson (17), Kanawha (48), Logan (5), Marion (13), Marshall (4), Mason (4), Mercer (3), Mineral (2), Monongalia (40), Morgan (1), Ohio (11), Pendleton (1), Pleasants (1), Preston (5), Putnam (5), Raleigh (4), Randolph (3), Roane (2), Tucker (3), Upshur (1), Wetzel (2), Wirt (1), Wood (7).

Friday, local health officials confirmed additional cases in Wood County, saying the total there is 8 cases.

According to a press release from the DHHR, some people being tested in certain counties may not be residents of that county or even the state.

UPDATE: 4/3/20 4:10 P.M.

Three additional COVID-19 cases were reported in Wood County by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department Friday afternoon, bringing the total to eight.

There have been no updates on the conditions of any of the patients in Wood County.

An MOVHD response team has been contacting people who may have had personal contact with those infected by the virus, including any friends, family members or health-care professionals, to assess, give guidance and monitor them for symptoms of illness.

If you are a person who is identified as a close contact, you will be contacted by the health department.

As a reminder, everyone that has been tested for COVID-19 should self-quarantine until results are received to avoid taking chances of spreading the virus.

If you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, remain at homeand monitor your temperature twice a day and report any coughing, wheezing, sneezing orshortness of breath to your health care provider and inform them that you have been exposed
to COVID-19. Testing must be determined by your health care provider.


UPDATE: 4/3/20 11:30 A.M.

Four employees at a Jackson County business have tested positive for the coronavirus, and West Virginia health officials confirmed 20 new cases of the virus Friday morning, bringing the number of cases in the state to 237.

The new numbers include the three new cases in Wood County announced Thursday afternoon by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

The DHHR numbers also show 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jackson County, and Friday morning, Constellium Rolled Products of Ravenswood said in a news release that four of its employees had tested positive for the virus.

The company did not provide information about the patients’ conditions, and it is unclear whether they are included in the latest DHHR numbers.

“In conjunction with the Health department and CDC guidelines, we have taken the necessary precautions concerning quarantines,” Constellium CEO Buddy Stemple said. “We are taking several precautions to protect our workforce including regular disinfecting of work areas. I am proud of all who work at Constellium Ravenswood for their courage and dedication thus far in this crisis. You can imagine that operating in this environment with 1200 people and 68 acres under roof is a challenge. I want to thank each of them.”

Constellium said its customers supply medical devices, masks, and ventilators and that the company supplies the transportation markets which haul goods to market.

A large part of the company’s business also involves aerospace and U.S. Defense Department customers.

Following is a county-by-county breakdown of confirmed cases in West Virginia.

- Barbour (1), Berkeley (37), Cabell (5), Greenbrier (3), Hancock (5), Hardy (2), Harrison (17), Jackson (11), Jefferson (12), Kanawha (40), Logan (4), Marion (11), Marshall (4), Mason (3), Mercer (3), Mineral (2), Monongalia (35), Morgan (1), Ohio (11), Pendleton (1), Pleasants (1), Preston (4), Putnam (5), Raleigh (3), Randolph (2), Roane (2), Tucker (3), Upshur (1), Wetzel (2), Wirt (1), Wood (5).


UPDATE: :4/2/20 3:31 P.M.

There are now five confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, according to information released late Thursday afternoon by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

Across West Virginia, the Division of Health and Human Resources Thursday afternoon reported 26 new cases of the virus, bringing the statewide total to 217 with two deaths.

No other information about the three new cases was released, but when contacted by WTAP on Thursday, an MOVHD spokesman said two people previously confirmed to have the virus were improving.

The MOVHD spokesman did not say whether any of the five patients are being treated at a hospital or at home.

The health department continues to advise anyone who has had contact with an infected person to remain at home and monitor your temperature twice a day. You should also report any coughing, wheezing, sneezing or shortness of breath to your health-care provider and inform them that you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Testing must be determined by your health-care provider, if you are tested, it is important to stay at home and refrain from contacts with others until your test results come back, the MOVHD said.

Health officials also said it remains important to follow Gov. Jim Justice's stay-at-home order and to practice social-distancing and property hand-washing techniques to help limit the spread of the virus.

Following is the county-by-county breakdown of COVID-19 cases released Thursday afternoon by the DHHR:

Barbour (1), Berkeley (27), Cabell (3), Greenbrier (3), Hancock (5), Hardy (2), Harrison (17), Jackson (11), Jefferson (12), Kanawha (39), Logan (4), Marion (10), Marshall (4), Mason (3), Mercer (3), Monongalia (35), Morgan (1), Ohio (10), Pendleton (1), Pleasants (1), Preston (3), Putnam (5), Raleigh (3), Randolph (2), Roane (2), Tucker (3), Upshur (1), Wetzel (2), Wirt (1), Wood (3).


UPDATE: 4/1/20 6:05 P.M.

The Jackson County Health Department confirmed the first death related to COVID-19 in the county. It's the second for the Mountain State.

In a press release, the health department noted the individual who died had underlying health problems. They were in the hospital when they died.

No additional information has been made available at this time. Jackson County Health Department officials extended their condolences to the victim's family in the press release.

UPDATE: 4/1/20 12:40 P.M.

West Virginia health officials confirmed 29 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total in the Mountain State to 191.

According to statistics released Wednesday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, 4,575 residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 4,384 coming back negative.

One person has died from the virus in West Virginia.

Following is a breakdown of confirmed cases by county:

Barbour (1), Berkeley (21), Cabell (1), Greenbrier (3), Hancock (6), Hardy (1), Harrison (14), Jackson (11), Jefferson (9), Kanawha (37), Logan (3), Marion (8), Marshall (4), Mason (3), Mercer (2), Monongalia (32), Morgan (1), Ohio (11), Pleasants (1), Preston (3), Putnam (5), Raleigh (3), Randolph (1), Roane (2), Tucker (2), Upshur (1), Wetzel (2), Wirt (1), Wood (2).

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UPDATE: 3/31/20 4:35 P.M.

West Virginia now has a total of 162 positive cases of COVID-19 after the Department of Health and Human Resources said Tuesday that 17 more people had tested positive for the coronavirus.

As of Tuesday, 4,143 people had been tested for COVID-19, with 162 positive and 3,981 negative. The state also had its first death reported on Sunday.

These counties have the following number of cases:

Berkeley (16), Cabell (1), Greenbrier (3), Hancock (3), Hardy (1), Harrison (11), Jackson (9), Jefferson (8), Kanawha (31), Logan (2), Marion (5), Marshall (4), Mason (3), Mercer (2), Monongalia (31), Morgan (1), Ohio (10), Pleasants (1), Preston (3), Putnam (4), Raleigh (3), Randolph (1), Roane (2), Tucker (2), Upshur (1), Wetzel (1), Wirt (1), Wood (2).

The DHHR says as they continue investigating cases at the local health department level, it could reveal that some people tested in a certain county might not be a resident there or even in the state.


UPDATE: 3/30/20 5:30 P.M.

There are now 145 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources announced Monday afternoon.

That's an increase of 21 cases since Sunday, the DHHR said in a news release.

The most recent numbers released Monday afternoon show that 3,827 residents have been tested for COVID-19. There have been 3,682 negative test results and one death.

So far, there have been two confirmed cases in Wood County.

The DHHR, which is responsible for providing official case numbers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collects test results from local health departments across the state.

Medical providers are required to report results to their local health departments, while commercial/private labs are required to report test results to the DHHR.

Following is a county-by-county breakdown of confirmed cases in West Virginia: Berkeley (14), Cabell (1), Greenbrier (3), Hancock (3), Harrison (10), Jackson (8), Jefferson (6), Kanawha (23), Logan (2), Marion (5), Marshall (4), Mason (3), Mercer (2), Monongalia (31), Morgan (1), Ohio (9), Pleasants (1), Preston (2), Putnam (4), Raleigh (3), Randolph (1), Roane (2), Tucker (2), Upshur (1), Wetzel (1), Wirt (1), Wood (2).


UPDATE: 3/29/20 7:20 P.M.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is reporting 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the mountain state. This announcement comes shortly after the first death from the virus was reported.

Health officials say 3,108 people have been tested for the virus, with 2,984 negative results.

In a press release, the DHHR breaks down the cases by county as: 10 in Berkeley County, one in Cabell County, two in Greenbrier County, three in Hancock County, seven in Harrison County, eight in Jackson County, five in Jefferson County, 19 in Kanawha County, one in Logan County, five in Marion County, four in Marshall County, three in Mason County, two in Mercer County, 30 in Monongalia County, one in Morgan, seven in Ohio County, one in Pleasants County, one in Preston County, three in Putnam County, four in Raleigh County, two in Tucker County, one in Upshur County, one in Wetzel County, one in Wirt County, and two in Wood County."

UPDATE: 3/29/20 6:50 P.M.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the first death from COVID-19 in the mountain state on Sunday. An 88 year-old woman from Marion County died from the virus.

The DHHR isn't releasing any other details at this time as to protect her privacy.

Health officials extended their condolences to the family.

UPDATE: 3/29/20

A press release sent out Saturday afternoon from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department identifies a positive case of COVID-19 in Wirt County. The health department will be contacting everyone who may be connected to the case.

Health officials want to remind everyone to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

Anyone who gets tested for COVID-19 should self-quarantine until they know the results of their test.

UPDATE: 3/28/20 8:08 P.M.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department has been notified of two "presumptive positive cases of COVID-19" in Roane County.

A press release from the health department says they will be following up with anyone who may have been in contact with the presumed afflicted.

The MOVHD also reminds everyone that if you've been tested for COVID-19, you should self quarantine until you've received the results of your test.

UPDATE 3/28/20 7:19 P.M.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports 17 new cases of COVID-19 in the mountain state, pushing the total to 113.

New cases were confirmed in Berkeley, Greenbrier, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, and Raleigh counties.

As of 6 p.m. on March 28th, 2,818 West Virginia residents have been tested for COVID-19. 2,705 have come back with negative test results. There are currently no tests pending in the state lab.

UPDATE: 3/27/20 3:06 P.M.

A Pleasants County resident is being treated for the COVID-19 virus, according to information released Friday afternoon by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

In a news release, the health department said only that officials started an investigation after the person tested positive for the virus. No details about the patient were made public, including whether the person is being treated at home or at a hospital.

The MOVHD said if you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should remain at home and monitor your temperature twice a day and report any coughing, wheezing, sneezing or shortness of breath to your health-care provider and inform them that you have been exposed. Testing must be determined by your health-care provider.

The health department also reminds residents that it is important to followed the stay-at-home order issued by W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice. If you must go out, use every precaution – physical distancing of at least six feet away when standing in line for groceries or to get take-out items at restaurants.

You should also wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds, the health department said.


UPDATE: 3/26/20 5 P.M.

Wood County health officials confirmed late Thursday afternoon that a second person is being treated for the COVID-19 virus in Parkersburg.

In a news release issued about 4:30 p.m., the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department said a second patients is being treated for the virus at WVU- Medicine Camden Clark.

No additional information about the case of either patient was immediately released.

We will have updates online and during our evening newscasts as more information becomes available.


UPDATE: 3/25/20

As of Wednesday, The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says there are now 52 positive cases of COVID-19 in the mountain state. That's up 13 cases from Tuesday.

There is still just one confirmed case in Wood County. That case is being treated at WVU Camden Clark Medical Center.

In total, 1,083 residents have been tested in West Virginia and 1,031 of those tests have come back negative. There are 19 tests pending in the state lab.

Wednesday's new tests were confirmed in Hancock, Jackson, Kanawha, Logan, Marion, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Putnam and Raleigh counties.

UPDATE: 3/24/2020 8:50 P.M.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed 19 new cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia, including one case in Wood County. That brings the total up to 39 in the mountain state.

Other counties with confirmed cases include two people in Berkeley County, three in Harrison County, three in Jefferson County, two in Jackson County, four in Kanawha County, two in Marshall County, two in Mercer County, 16 in Monongalia County, one in Preston County, one in Putnam County, two in Tucker County, and of course the one in Wood County.

As of Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. 798 residents have been tested in total in West Virginia. 759 are negative. There are six cases still pending at the state lab.

UPDATE: 3/22/2020

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is now reporting 4 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

According to a news release from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource West Virginia now has 16 confirmed cases.

The new cases are in Jefferson, Kanawha and Monongalia counties.

In total, the agency says 460 people have been tested for the coronavirus with 4 test results still pending.

For the most up to date information, please visit www.coronavirus.wv.gov or http://www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

Counties with positive cases: Jackson (1), Jefferson (3), Kanawha (3), Marshall (2), Mercer (2), Monongalia (2), Tucker (2), Putnam (1)


UPDATE: 3/21/2020

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is now reporting 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Two of the new cases have been reported in Marshall County and there is one new case in Mercer County, which now has 2 cases. Kanawha County now also has 2 confirmed cases.

In total, the agency says 332 people have been tested for the coronavirus with 1 test result still pending.

Counties with positive cases: Jackson (1), Jefferson (2), Kanawha (2), Marshall (2), Mercer (2), Monongalia (1), Tucker (2)


UPDATE: 3/20/20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed 8 cases of COVID-19 in the state on Friday, including one in Jackson County.


UPDATE

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 in the state, making the total positive case count 5.

Two individuals are from Tucker County and one is from Monongalia County. All three are being treated at home. No additional details will be released at this time.

All three new positive cases are travel related.

There were cases also confirmed in Jefferson and Mercer Counties.

As of March 19, 2020, 224 residents have been tested, with 5 positive, 219 negative and 13 tests pending.


UPDATE

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed the second case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the state

The individual is from Mercer County and is being treated at home. To protect the patient’s privacy, the DHHR says no additional details will be released at this time.

As of March 18, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., West Virginia, through its public health lab, has tested 148 residents for COVID-19, with 143 results coming back negative and 3 tests pending.

Now that COVID-19 testing is expanded and available through commercial laboratories and some hospitals, DHHR is only reporting those tests that have been processed through its state public health lab. All positive results obtained by commercial laboratories are reportable to DHHR and are included in the positive case counts.

An information hotline to address public and medical provider questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 has been established. Operators are available 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304 to provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.


ORIGINAL STORY

Gov. Jim Justice has confirmed the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in West Virginia.

The governor announced the case in the state's eastern panhandle during a news conference currently being aired on WTAP.

Justice also announced that bars, restaurants and casinos are to close as the state responds to the coronavirus pandemic.

We'll have updates as more information becomes available.



 
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