Late last week wasn’t so good for Hampshire County or West Virginia in the battle against COVID-19.

The county reported 4 new positives on Thursday, the largest single-day number since the pandemic began in late March.

With 2 new cases identified over the weekend, the county  on Monday had a total of 6 active, 116 confirmed cases, 2 probables and 1 of the patients was hospitalized. One death occurred in April, Health Director Stephanie Shoemaker reported.

She said all 4 Thursday cases were contacts of other cases and none were related to Hampshire Center, where 2 staffers tested positive in recent weeks.

Statewide, 382 new cases of the virus were reported on Friday, West Virginia’s single worst day in the 7-month history of the pandemic. The previous record was 347 on Sept. 12, and cases had been trending higher since then.  

Despite that, the color-coded map that dictates how schools can operate was still mostly a sea of green Saturday.

Only neighboring Morgan County was yellow in this region.

That county had students at the Paw Paw School learning from home Monday after a student tested positive. The 1-day closure was to give the county health department time to do contact tracing. 

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