SUNDAY COVID-19 REPORT: Eight New Deaths Reported At Princeton Health Care, 131 New Cases

Health officials in West Virginia confirmed eight new coronavirus-related deaths Sunday, all linked to Princeton Health Care Center in Mercer County.

The deaths include an 80-year old woman, an 87-year old woman, an 86-year old woman, a 79-year old woman, a 91-year old man, a 78-year old woman, an 89-year old woman, and a 76-year old man, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

State officials said the deaths occurred over the last few weeks, but were not officially reported to the DHHR due to personnel changes at the Mercer County Health Department. The Princeton facility has had 11 deaths due to the virus. The state has had 139 virus-related deaths.

West Virginia added 131 new COVID-19 cases as the state’s active case total moved to 1,877.

More than 30 employees at a Logan County hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week, a spokesperson confirmed Saturday.

The Logan Regional Medical Center official said the positive tests are due to an outbreak in the community.

The Logan County Health Department reported 111 active cases Saturday, including 23 hospitalizations.

The overall positive test rate remained the same at 2.38% while the daily positive test rate for the day was 2.33%.

Hospitalizations in the state increased by three to 121, including 46 residents in intensive care – up four from Saturday. The number of people on ventilators remained the same at 15.

Following are the county case numbers (case confirmed by lab test/probable case): Barbour (29/0), Berkeley (669/27), Boone (101/0), Braxton (8/0), Brooke (63/1), Cabell (391/9), Calhoun (6/0), Clay (18/0), Doddridge (6/0), Fayette (148/0), Gilmer (16/0), Grant (120/1), Greenbrier (93/0), Hampshire (76/0), Hancock (108/4), Hardy (57/1), Harrison (218/3), Jackson (162/0), Jefferson (287/7), Kanawha (922/13), Lewis (28/1), Lincoln (87/0), Logan (228/0), Marion (187/4), Marshall (127/4), Mason (56/0), McDowell (61/1), Mercer (196/0), Mineral (119/2), Mingo (171/2), Monongalia (922/17), Monroe (20/1), Morgan (27/1), Nicholas (36/1), Ohio (265/3), Pendleton (39/1), Pleasants (12/1), Pocahontas (40/1), Preston (104/21), Putnam (194/1), Raleigh (246/7), Randolph (205/5), Ritchie (3/0), Roane (15/0), Summers (11/0), Taylor (55/1), Tucker (10/0), Tyler (13/0), Upshur (37/3), Wayne (206/2), Webster (4/0), Wetzel (42/0), Wirt (6/0), Wood (235/12).

Wyoming (31/0). At least 5,678 West Virginians have recovered from the virus.