West Virginia smashes weekly records for virus cases, deaths


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has smashed weekly records for confirmed coronavirus cases as the pandemic continues to tighten its grip on the state.

And health officials said Monday more than two dozen previously unreported virus deaths were discovered.

The state reported more than 2,700 new positive cases over the week ending Sunday.

That’s a 19% increase from the previous week’s record of about 2,300 confirmed cases in a seven-day period.

There were 44 more virus-related deaths in the state last week.

That increase and the previously unreported fatalities bring the death toll to at least 530. West Virginia had a record 290 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Sunday.

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