WV COVID-19 TOPS NATIONS RATE OF SPREAD LIST - Mon County Goes Red With No In-Person School, 192 New Cases Friday, Six New Deaths

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 cases in West Virginia have taken the state to the top of an undesirable list.

Numbers released Friday afternoon show West Virginia with the highest Rt value, the rate of spread of the virus, in the nation at 1.28. The state had one of the lowest readings less than two weeks ago.

The state had a delayed release of the county alert map Friday. It came out at 12:30 p.m. and Monongalia County moved into the red category.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources says it’s added 192 new confirmed COVID-19 cases to the state’s total in the past 24 hours.

The new numbers out Friday show a daily positive test rate of just below 5 percent. There are six additional deaths being reported today-bringing the total number to 243.

The deaths include an 88-year old female from Logan County, a 76-year old male from Kanawha County, a 97-year old female from Mingo County, an 84-year old male from Logan County, a 73-year old female from Kanawha County, and an 81-year old male from Kanawha County.

Total confirmed cases per county include: Barbour (34), Berkeley (819), Boone (151), Braxton (9), Brooke (98), Cabell (564), Calhoun (12), Clay (27), Doddridge (9), Fayette (377), Gilmer (20), Grant (143), Greenbrier (106), Hampshire (92), Hancock (126), Hardy (75), Harrison (287), Jackson (208), Jefferson (378), Kanawha (1,582), Lewis (36), Lincoln (124), Logan (511), Marion (224), Marshall (133), Mason (120), McDowell (73), Mercer (331), Mineral (146), Mingo (266), Monongalia (1,294), Monroe (127), Morgan (40), Nicholas (56), Ohio (292), Pendleton (45), Pleasants (15), Pocahontas (43), Preston (140), Putnam (323), Raleigh (386), Randolph (227), Ritchie (6), Roane (34), Summers (21), Taylor (108), Tucker (11), Tyler (15), Upshur (45), Wayne (280), Webster (7), Wetzel (45), Wirt (8), Wood (318), Wyoming (70).