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COVID-19 cases continue to drop

ELKINS — With this week’s warmer temperatures, area counties have been able to take a breath of fresh air as the number of active COVID-19 cases continue to drop.

Like most of its bordering counties, Randolph has seen a massive decline the past two weeks. As of Tuesday, the county’s number of total active cases was at 40, down from 57 the week before. Just two months ago the county hit a record-high in active cases with 234 on Jan. 5. This week’s number is the lowest total since 42 were reported on Nov. 9.

Upshur County has also seen an impressive turnaround in the past nine days. On Feb. 16 there were 133 active cases in the county. As of Thursday evening that number had fallen all the way to 56. Just a little under a month ago on Jan. 22, there were 296 active cases in Upshur County.

Barbour County has also seen a steady decline in active cases. Back at the start of the month on Feb. 8, there were 48 cases in the county. That number has dipped all the way to the 31 active cases that were reported on Thursday.

Tucker County has had some of the smallest numbers among local counties battling the virus for months now, and this week was no different. Tucker inched closer to single digits in active cases with 11. That number was reported on Monday and is three less than the week before when the county was at 14.

There are currently 7,800 active cases in the state of West Virginia. There have 2,291 COVID-19 related deaths in the Mountain State.

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