West Virginia confirmed virus cases triple in 7 weeks


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of reported deaths from the new coronavirus in West Virginia has jumped 23% in the past week.

Six more fatalities announced Wednesday pushed the total to at least 153. The state of 1.8 million residents has seen a smaller amount of cases and deaths compared to other places since the pandemic began.

Lately, though, the numbers have been alarming. Confirmed cases have tripled in the past seven weeks, surpassing the 8,000 mark total on Wednesday, while the numbers of deaths have shot up 66%.

Officials have blamed the recent surge in part on trips to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a popular destination for West Virginians.

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