Virus cases, hospitalizations surge in West Virginia


FILE – In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Citing a nursing shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Justice announced Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, that West Virginia will use $48 million in federal stimulus funding to aggressively recruit and train nurses over the next four years.. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Active coronavirus cases have skyrocketed 72 percent in West Virginia and hospitalizations have surged over the past week as the omicron variant starts to take a firm hold in the state.

According to state figures, there were more than 11,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide last week, shattering the one-week record of 9,587 set in mid-September.

The state surpassed 2,000 positive cases for the first time, doing so on three consecutive days, including a record 2,564 on Friday.

Active cases have more than doubled since Dec. 24.

The number of people hospitalized for the virus hit 721 on Monday, up 29 percent since Christmas.

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