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HAMLIN — Cases of coronavirus continue to rise in Lincoln, with the county reaching red on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources county alert map Friday.

On Friday Lincoln had seen an increase of 79 active cases from the previous week, with 109 cases compared to the 30 in the county on August 13.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the county has seen 1,429 confirmed cases, 319 probable cases and 25 deaths.

There is also currently an active COVID-19 outbreak within the Lincoln Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, according to the DHHR dashboard. As of Friday, there were 41 confirmed cases in residents and 14 staff members. There has also been one death in relation to the outbreak. There are not yet any recoveries recorded.

Approximately 44 percent of Lincoln County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 9,126 doses administered. From August 13 to Friday, Lincoln administered 80 vaccines.

The Lincoln County Courthouse is requiring the use of masks or face coverings indefinitely due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Lincoln County Schools will require masks for all students and staff when Lincoln is in the red or orange on the county alert map.

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