CALHOUN HAS TWO NEW CASES COVID-19 - WV Reports 203 New Cases, Seven Deaths Thursday, Nine County School Systems Threatend For Re-0pening

Calhoun County has two new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, a total of 12.

The Rt Value, which measures the rate of spread of virus, puts West Virginia at the fourth highest in the nation at 1.22. That number was one of the lowest just a few weeks ago.

There are at least nine counties in West Virginia that face not being able to begin the school year with in-person instruction next week because of the spread of the coronavirus in their counties.

The county alert map released Thursday morning by the state Department of Health and Human Resources continues to have Monroe in the “red” category, but additional counties in the “orange” category including Putnam, Wayne and Mason counties. Kanawha, Monongalia, Logan, Fayette and Mingo counties remained in the “orange” Thursday.

What the map looks like Saturday night will determine the school status for the counties next week. “Red” and “Orange” prevents in-person instruction and moves the counties to online and remote learning. The first day of school is next Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Logan and Mononaglia counties are getting closer to “red.” Both have a rolling seven-day average of more than 20 new COVID-19 cases.

There are 28 counties in “green,” 18 in “yellow,” 8 in the “orange” and 1 “red.”

The DHHR also reported seven new deaths Thursday including a 64-year old female from Kanawha County, an 86-year old male from Kanawha County, a 95-year old female from Mercer County, a 60-year old female from Kanawha County, a 92-year old female from Kanawha County, a 95-year old male from Randolph County, and a 71-year old female from Lincoln County.

The state reported 203 new COVID-19 cases from Wednesday to Thursday. The daily positive test rate in West Virginia is 5.75 percent. Active cases grew by 120 cases Thursday. There are 145 people in the hospital with COVID-19, 44 residents in ICU and 24 on ventilators.

Overall confirmed cases per county include: Barbour (34), Berkeley (812), Boone (145), Braxton (9), Brooke (97), Cabell (560), Calhoun (12), Clay (27), Doddridge (7), Fayette (369), Gilmer (20), Grant (142), Greenbrier (106), Hampshire (92), Hancock (123), Hardy (75), Harrison (280), Jackson (205), Jefferson (373), Kanawha (1,553), Lewis (34), Lincoln (122), Logan (503), Marion (221), Marshall (133), Mason (120), McDowell (73), Mercer (323), Mineral (144), Mingo (262), Monongalia (1,259), Monroe (127), Morgan (38), Nicholas (53), Ohio (291), Pendleton (45), Pleasants (15), Pocahontas (43), Preston (140), Putnam (307), Raleigh (377), Randolph (227), Ritchie (6), Roane (33), Summers (19), Taylor (108), Tucker (11), Tyler (15), Upshur (45), Wayne (269), Webster (7), Wetzel (45), Wirt (8), Wood (313), Wyoming (68).