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Active cases rising locally, around state

ELKINS — The COVID-19 case numbers in West Virginia continue to accelerate, setting new records along the way.

On Monday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported 27,607 active cases in the state, which included 2,379 new cases and 18 additional deaths since Friday. On Saturday, the state set a new daily record for active cases with 1,800 confirmed infections.

On Friday, the DHHR reported 816 West Virginians hospitalized with the virus, which is the state’s second-highest total since the pandemic began. The 151 patients reported to be in ICU on Friday was also a new record.

The Randolph-Elkins Health Department at the end of last week reported 417 active cases and a total of 23 deaths since the pandemic began. That was an increase from the 388 active cases reported three days earlier on Tuesday.

Free PCR testing will be offered in Randolph County beginning today and running through Friday at the old IGA parking lot across from the county Health Department. The tests will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Upshur County had the highest number of active cases for area counties, as it reported 479 on Friday. The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department is offering drive-thru COVID testing this week on Tuesday (9 a.m.-noon), Wednesday (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Thursday (9 a.m.-noon). For vaccinations in Upshur County, call 304-472-2810 to schedule an appointment.

Barbour County had 166 active cases on Friday, and officials reported that only 45.7 percent of the population in the county has been fully vaccinated. That number is below the state average of 51.9 percent.

There will be free COVID testing in Barbour County all week. The Myers Clinic is offering tests on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon. Tests will be done at the Belington Clinic on the same days from noon-3 p.m.

Broaddus Hospital is offering tests from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, while the Barbour County Health Department is doing tests Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until noon. The Junior Fire Department is administering tests Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tucker County had the lowest number of active cases in the area, reporting 72 on Sunday. In August, Tucker County tallied 132 positive cases, a massive jump from the five cases that were reported in June and the two in July.

COVID-19 testing is being offered at the St. George Medical Clinic. For information call 304-478-3339.

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