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Graphic courtesy of the West Virginia Press Association

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed on Tuesday 17 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 162.

DHHR is the official reporting agency for COVID-19, and in turn provides official case numbers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 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, contributing to the delay in official reporting, DHHR officials said.

As of Tuesday, 4,143 residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 162 positive, 3,981 negative and one death, DHHR officials said.

The confirmed cases per county included: Berkeley (16), Cabell (1), Greenbrier (3), Hancock (3), Hardy (1), Harrison (11), Jackson (9), Jefferson (8), Kanawha (31), Logan (2), Marion (5), Marshall (4), Mason (3), Mercer (2), Monongalia (31), Morgan (1), Ohio (10), Pleasants (1), Preston (3), Putnam (4), Raleigh (3), Randolph (1), Roane (2), Tucker (2), Upshur (1), Wetzel (1), Wirt (1), Wood (2).

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.

In neighboring Virginia, officials are reporting 1,250 confirmed cases, 165 hospitalizations, and 27 deaths. One new local case also was confirmed Tuesday in Wythe County, which is now reporting two COVID-19 infections.

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