22 new virus cases; Kanawha prepares to reopen courthouse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials reported 22 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday morning in West Virginia.

The additional cases mean the state has reported a total of 1,492 positive test results and 65 deaths, according to a statement from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. West Virginia’s cumulative percent of positive test results remained below 2%, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Kanawha County Commission said in a statement that it would begin a “safe opening” of its courthouse facilities on Monday. That includes the offices of the county commission, circuit and magistrate clerks, county clerk, assessor, prosecuting attorney and sheriff, a statement from the county said.

The access comes with new safety requirements that include screening those who enter for fevers and requiring facial coverings for some areas of the facility.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptom. But for others, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including life-threatening pneumonia.

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