By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The number of deaths from the coronavirus continues to surge in West Virginia while confirmed cases hit a new daily record during the pandemic.

Health officials announced eight more virus-related deaths Tuesday, pushing the state’s total to at least 222 deaths. That’s up 91% since Aug. 1.

The latest deaths include three residents apiece from Kanawha and Logan counties and one each from Mingo and Monroe counties.

Despite an indoor mask mandate for public places issued July 6 by Gov. Jim Justice, daily positive cases have skyrocketed since then. Officials have blamed the increase in part on out-of-state travel.

According to the Department of Health and Human Resources’ website, the state reported 225 confirmed cases Sunday, topping the one-day record of 180 set on July 30. The overall total is at least 10,320 confirmed cases.

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

West Virginia has the nation’s third-oldest population, and there are current virus outbreaks at 33 nursing homes statewide. More than 100 virus-related deaths have occurred during the pandemic at nursing homes.


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