West Virginia DHHR gives an update on the latest number of tests, positives, negatives and deaths due to COVID-19.

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: Although the DHHR has Mineral County listed at 20 positive COVID-19 cases, Mineral County Health Department administrator A.Jay Root says the correct number remains at 19.)


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5 p.m., on May 8, 2020, there have been 59,567 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,323 positive, 58,244 negative and 52 deaths.


DHHR has confirmed the death of an 82-year old male from Berkeley County. “We are deeply saddened to report another death of a West Virginian. We send our sympathies to this family,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.


These are considered official numbers reported to the state, which will in turn, be reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Delays may be experienced with the reporting of cases and deaths from the local health department to the state health department.


CONFIRMED CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (7), Berkeley (184), Boone (8), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (48), Clay (2), Fayette (30), Gilmer (4), Grant (3), Greenbrier (8), Hampshire (8), Hancock (12), Hardy (15), Harrison (33), Jackson (136), Jefferson (87), Kanawha (180), Lewis (4), Lincoln (4), Logan (13), Marion (46), Marshall (20), Mason (13), McDowell (6), Mercer (11), Mineral (20), Mingo (2), Monongalia (111), Monroe (6), Morgan (16), Nicholas (8), Ohio (35), Pendleton (5), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (2), Preston (14), Putnam (27), Raleigh (9), Randolph (5), Ritchie (1), Roane (8), Summers (1), Taylor (8), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (5), Wayne (93), Wetzel (4), Wirt (3), Wood (43), Wyoming (1).


As case surveillance continues at the local health department level, it may reveal that those tested in a certain county may not be a resident of that county, or even the state as an individual in question may have crossed the state border to be tested. Such is the case of Hardy, Harrison, and Morgan counties in this report.


The dashboard at www.coronavirus.wv.gov contains West Virginia-specific data, including minority data.


The number of laboratory results received refers to the number of tests performed and completed, not the number of residents tested as some individuals have had multiple samples taken for COVID-19 tests.