CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources is reporting nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day.

There were 4,947 cases reported on Thursday’s dashboard.

Despite that significant one day total, the DHHR reduced a significant number of active cases. The agency has changed the way its calculating its active cases.

Following CDC guidance, active cases are now only counted for five days instead of 10. That change has reduced active cases from close to 18,000 on Wednesday’s dashboard report to 11,793 in Thursday’s update.

The state also confirmed 20 additional COVID deaths. Thirteen are recent deaths while seven were added as part of death certificate reconciliation efforts.

The new deaths include a 66-year old man from Morgan County, a 73-year old woman from Berkeley County, and an 83-year old man from Berkeley County.

Hospitalizations were listed on the dashboard at 725. There are 196 patients in ICU and 119 patients on ventilators. The information was last updated Tuesday.

Active cases in the Eastern Panhandle as of Thursday morning’s report include 1,813 in Berkeley County, 782 in Jefferson County, and 161 in Morgan County.

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