West Virginia’s death total related to COVID-19 continued to escalate Wednesday with another eight deaths reported.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources in a news release confirmed the deaths of an 88-year-old woman from Kanawha County, an 83-year-old woman from Taylor County, an 84-year-old woman from Taylor County, a 72-year-old man from Ohio County, a 67-year-old woman from Logan County, a 67-year-old woman from Nicholas County, a 73-year-old woman from Harrison County, and an 88-year-old man from Jackson County.

West Virginia’s latest deaths associated with the virus brings the state’s death total to 230.

Eight deaths also were reported Tuesday and one death in the state on Monday. Last week, 35 deaths were reported.

DHHR officials reported 135 new cases of the virus on Wednesday and said there were 2,146 active cases (up 24 from the previous day).

More than 441,000 tests have been conducted, and the overall positive test rate was at 2.41%. The daily positive test rate was at 4.93%. The overall number of positive cases increased by 135 over the previous day and was at 10,642.

Hospitalizations increased by five and were listed at 146, with 48 in intensive care and 27 on a ventilator. Recoveries were up 103 and were at 8,266.

The latest daily county alert system map, dated Tuesday, again lists the same five counties in orange as the previous day - Kanawha, Fayette, Logan, Mingo and Monongalia. Monroe County is still in red. At 9 p.m. Saturday, the state Department of Education will release the rolling average that will determine whether schools can hold in-person classes and the level of sports participation.

Following are the latest county case numbers: Barbour (34), Berkeley (808), Boone (143), Braxton (9), Brooke (95), Cabell (555), Calhoun (10), Clay (27), Doddridge (6), Fayette (365), Gilmer (19), Grant (141), Greenbrier (105), Hampshire (92), Hancock (121), Hardy (75), Harrison (272), Jackson (204), Jefferson (365), Kanawha (1,515), Lewis (33), Lincoln (123), Logan (501), Marion (219), Marshall (133), Mason (109), McDowell (71), Mercer (318), Mineral (144), Mingo (250), Monongalia (1,209), Monroe (126), Morgan (37), Nicholas (53), Ohio (289), Pendleton (45), Pleasants (15), Pocahontas (43), Preston (140), Putnam (294), Raleigh (372), Randolph (227), Ritchie (5), Roane (33), Summers (19), Taylor (106), Tucker (11), Tyler (15), Upshur (45), Wayne (259), Webster (7), Wetzel (46), Wirt (8), Wood (309) and Wyoming (67).