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State Officials Announce COVID-19 Dashboard To Be Updated Weekly

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

With the federal public health emergency set to expire on May 11, 2023, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is updating the COVID-19 dashboard metrics to better reflect the current response to the pandemic. 

DHHR Interim Secretary Dr. Jeff Coben said as part of this update, COVID-19 dashboard updates will occur weekly on Wednesdays.

“The monitoring of cases has shifted from health department monitoring, to really focusing more on hospitalizations, and fatalities,” Coben said. “So what CDC and other states have moved towards is looking at those trends. And on a day to day basis, while that can fluctuate, we get a better picture for how things are spreading on a more weekly basis.”

According to Coben, the state uses other means to watch for potential outbreaks of COVID-19.

“The other thing I’ll mention and don’t want to lose sight of is that we, throughout the state, continue to do wastewater sampling, and monitoring for COVID-19,” Coben said. “And continue to monitor that along with Gen. Hoyer, Dr. Marsh and others, to make sure that we’re not seeing big spikes in anticipation of additional outbreaks.”