UPDATE: WV HAS 347 NEW CASES COVID-19 SATURDAY - Calhoun Has New Active Cases, Goes Orange,Then Yellow, In-Person School Affected

WV Covid-19 cases are rising in WV as cooler weather comes on, the daily up-tick by 347 cases.

WV continues to lead nation in rate of virus spread, as a prevalent, widespread political meme says the "virus will all be over on election day."

According to the WVDHHR release, Calhoun now has a total of 22 cases, with the current number of active cases affecting whether or not Calhoun Schools will continue to have in-person classes, since the county has gone to Orange.

Calhoun superintendent of schools Kelli Whytsell will release information of the future of in-person attendance Saturday evening.

Using the color-coded chart with schools could create a open-closed situation week by week.

State health officials confirmed two more COVID-19 deaths Saturday morning as West Virginia’s case total increased by 347.

A 90-year old woman from Jackson County and a 74-year old man from Marion County have died from the coronavirus, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state’s virus-related death total is now 265.

Officials also confirmed 347 new COVID-19 cases on the day, pushing West Virginia’s active total to 3,031.

Mingo County reports 40 COVID-19 cases in the past week.

The overall positive test rate also jumped Saturday to 2.62%, up from 2.58% the previous day. The daily positive test rate came in at 4.59%.

There are currently 145 residents hospitalized with the virus, including 59 in intensive care and 26 on ventilators.

The total case breakdown by county includes: Barbour (35), Berkeley (866), Boone (176), Braxton (9), Brooke (104), Cabell (647), Calhoun (22), Clay (30), Doddridge (17), Fayette (450), Gilmer (19), Grant (147), Greenbrier (114), Hampshire (95), Hancock (137), Hardy (75), Harrison (318), Jackson (226), Jefferson (401), Kanawha (1,934), Lewis (37), Lincoln (137), Logan (537), Marion (240), Marshall (138), Mason (124), McDowell (79), Mercer (373), Mineral (149), Mingo (297), Monongalia (1,661), Monroe (143), Morgan (44), Nicholas (64), Ohio (325), Pendleton (46), Pleasants (15), Pocahontas (56), Preston (142), Putnam (393), Raleigh (412), Randolph (230), Ritchie (9), Roane (39), Summers (28), Taylor (113), Tucker (15), Tyler (15), Upshur (58), Wayne (313), Webster (7), Wetzel (46), Wirt (8), Wood (330), Wyoming (76).

Recoveries in the state increased to 9,225 on Saturday.