The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed 12 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported to the state, making the total positive case count at 51. New cases were identified in Jackson, Kanawha, Logan, Marion, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Putnam and Raleigh counties. A new case previously identified as a Hancock county resident is instead a resident of Jefferson County, Ohio.
The state breakdown of cases by county are two individuals from Berkeley County, three from Harrison County, three from Jefferson County, four from Jackson County, five from Kanawha County, one from Logan County, one from Marion County, two from Marshall County, two from Mercer County, 18 from Monongalia County, two from Ohio County, two from Preston County, two from Putnam County, one from Raleigh County, two from Tucker County, and one from Wood County.
As of March 25, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., 1,082 residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 51 positive, 1,031 negative and 19 tests pending (at state lab).
Since COVID-19 is a new disease, it is newly reportable to West Virginia’s public health system. Medical providers are required to report test results to their local health departments, which provide them to DHHR. Commercial (private) labs are also required to report test results to DHHR. However, the reporting of negative and pending tests to DHHR has been inconsistent. Only DHHR’s state lab has consistently reported all its negative results and pending tests. DHHR is working with its public and private partners to ensure all required information is properly reported.