Infectious disease expert believes West Virginia has exceeded expectations for reopening

MORGANTOWN, WV (WOAY) – Now that West Virginia has seen a less than 3% positive test rate for three consecutive days, reopening procedures can begin.

However, some people are concerned that the state still hasn’t seen a large enough decline in cases to begin reopening. But Dr. Sarwari, Chairman at West Virginia University’s Department of Medicine, insists the state is doing well beyond expectations. 

“This virus is trying to infect 50-67% of the population and we’ve stopped it between 1 and 3%. You now have more testing going on and you can manage it better because you are starting to do better with personal protective equipment,” Sarwari said. 

As of now, the positive test rate stands at 2.5%, with more than 40,000 tests completed. 

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