Emily Rice Published

DHHR Reports 26 Additional COVID Deaths

A 3D rendering of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spike ball.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Twenty-six West Virginians have died from COVID-19 since the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)’s last update.

The state’s COVID-19 dashboard is now updated weekly, in line with the federal public emergency set to expire, to better reflect the current response to the pandemic.

On Wednesday, the DHHR reported a total of 7,976 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in West Virginia.

Virus statistics are now reported based on seven-day trends. From Feb. 19 to March 12, the state’s incident rate fell from 57.60 percent to 12.22 percent.

The agency also reported 1,414 cases of COVID-19 received in the last seven days. However, the cases shown on the dashboard do not include all people with COVID-19 in West Virginia. 

COVID-19 cases are reported by clinicians and laboratories. Some people do not get tested and many people use at-home tests that are not reported to the state.

According to the available data, there are 219 active COVID-19 cases statewide, with 184 patients hospitalized.

The DHHR encouraged West Virginians to use the WV COVID-19 Vaccination Due Date Calculator, an online tool that helps individuals figure out when they may be due for a COVID-19 shot, making it easier to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination.