West Virginia on Tuesday reported its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, becoming the final U.S. state to announce that the disease had spread within its borders.
“Our health officials came to me and said we do have our first positive in the Eastern panhandle,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) said during a news conference. “We knew it was coming, we’ve prepared for this and we shouldn’t panic.”
The announcement came as the number of confirmed cases in the United States continued to climb. The country had reported more than 5,800 confirmed cases and 101 deaths from the disease as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a database from The New York Times.
Alabama, Idaho, Montana and West Virginia were among the last states to confirm a coronavirus case.
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