West Virginia coronavirus response coordinator Clay Marsh described “a clear, national trend of increased illness,” while the nation's epidemiologists are expressing alarm about the current nationwide surge in over 40 states, with a record half-million US cases in the past week.

The White House’s Office of Science and Technology listed “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” Wednesday as one of the top accomplishments of the Trump administration’s first term, later modifying the claim.

The most prevalent political meme being circulated is "The pandemic will all be over on election day," while Gov. Jim Justice said, "This disease is running across America."

State health officials say four more West Virginians have died Wednesday due to COVID-19, with eight deaths, all people over the age of 50, reported Tuesday.

As of 10 a.m., Oct. 28, the WV DHHR reports 358 new COVID-19 cases, with the previous day nearly 500 cases reported. A daily percent positivity rate of 4.29%. The state has confirmed 23,064 total cases since the pandemic began, with a current cumulative percent positivity rate of 2.88%.

Hospitalizations due to the virus continue to rise in West Virginia, with 226 people currently in the hospital, up four people in the last 24 hours. 83 of those are in the ICU and 27 are reportedly on a ventilator, according to the WV DHHR.

A second new case was reported for Calhoun this week, Roane and regional counties on the upswing.

COVID-19 outbreak with 125 cases reported at a Huntington rehabilitation center.

Four COVID-19 cases confirmed Monday in Kanawha County schools with reported new outbreaks in Roane Schools, with the Braxton County Superintendent of Schools announcing she has COVID-19.

Three deaths attributed to COVID-19 are now being confirmed out of an outbreak at a skilled nursing facility in Jefferson County. In all, 55 people have tested positive over the past two weeks — 38 residents and 17 staff members at facility.

Upshur County schools to remain remote until Nov. 5 amid COVID-19 outbreak among bus drivers.

Cases per county Wednesday include:

Barbour (181), Berkeley (1,604), Boone (353), Braxton (65), Brooke (226), Cabell (1,427), Calhoun (35), Clay (62), Doddridge (71), Fayette (776), Gilmer (64), Grant (191), Greenbrier (195), Hampshire (130), Hancock (224), Hardy (107), Harrison (649), Jackson (386), Jefferson (599), Kanawha (3,650), Lewis (87), Lincoln (249), Logan (757), Marion (380), Marshall (329), Mason (175), McDowell (122), Mercer (748), Mineral (219), Mingo (600), Monongalia (2,307), Monroe (251), Morgan (150), Nicholas (183), Ohio (541), Pendleton (76), Pleasants (29), Pocahontas (70), Preston (199), Putnam (879), Raleigh (798), Randolph (416), Ritchie (37), Roane (106), Summers (112), Taylor (166), Tucker (63), Tyler (33), Upshur (263), Wayne (586), Webster (31), Wetzel (178), Wirt (53), Wood (591), Wyoming (285).