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Record test results bring state positivity rate down

CHARLESTON — West Virginia broke a record Thursday for the most COVID-19 test results in one day, helping to bring the state’s positivity rate down, helping counties with high case numbers possibly re-open their schools, and identifying super-spreaders of the virus.

According to the Department of Health and Human Resources, the state received 9,909 test results Thursday, which is the highest number of test results in one day. The last record was set on Aug. 19 with 7.905 tests.

Those 9,909 tests identified 277 people with COVID-19 infections, the second highest number in one day since 326 infections were found on Sept. 11. The daily percent of positive cases was 2.8 percent, while the cumulative percent of positive cases was 2.77 percent.

Active cases of the coronavirus – which include people self-quarantined at home for asymptomatic or mild cases and people hospitalized with severe cases – were 4,153 as of Friday morning’s update of the DHHR coronavirus dashboard.

Gov. Jim Justice and state health officials have urged West Virginians the last two weeks to get tested for COVID-19, expanding the number of free drive-thru testing opportunities across the state. Testing opportunities can be found at coronavirus.wv.gov. On top of encouraging people to get tested, Justice received a flu shot live Friday.

“That is the key to this entire thing,” Justice said during his end-of-week coronavirus briefing.

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