West Virginia’s 42 COVID deaths is new single day record

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia reported a single-day record of 42 deaths linked to the coronavirus on Tuesday, with victims ranging in ages from 48 to 100.

The state reported 787 confirmed coronavirus cases, down from a high of 1,257 last week. There are 22,864 active cases in the state.

West Virginia has received nearly 21,100 doses of a coronavirus vaccine so far, administering over 15,900. Gov. Jim Justice said on Monday a combined 44,300 doses of vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech will arrive this week.

Officials expect to administer doses at all nursing homes and long-term care centers by the end of the month.

The state has had a total of 1,060 deaths confirmed to be linked to COVID-19 and 61,660 positive cases.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.