WVa sets daily record for virus tests reported positive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has reported a daily record for the percentage of positive coronavirus tests among all tests given.

The daily positive rate of 16.4% on Sunday broke the mark of 12.6% set last Tuesday. Tuesday’s rate had been the highest rate since April.

There were 302 confirmed virus cases Sunday, but the overall number of tests reported administered was much lower than the average from recent weeks.

The number of positive virus cases reported statewide last week, 5,634, was the lowest in a month and was down nearly 18% from the record 6,848 confirmed cases reported for the week ending Dec. 20.

The virus usually results in only mild to moderate symptoms, but is particularly dangerous for the elderly and people with other health problems.

There were 720 people hospitalized for the virus in West Virginia on Sunday, down from the record of 781 on Dec. 16. But the number of people on hospital ventilators, 91, is one shy of the record set on Dec. 3.

There were 126 virus-related deaths in the state last week and nine more reported Monday, pushing the state’s total to at least 1,263 since the pandemic began.

Health officials said at least 60,875 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been received in the state and 30,737 doses have been administered.