BLUEFIELD — Two local COVID-19 deaths reported Thursday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources raised Mercer County’s total number of pandemic deaths to 50.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported that two male patients, both of them 76 years old, had passed away in Mercer County. This increased the county’s total number of deaths due to COVID-19 from 48 to 50.

Across the state line in Virginia, a new COVID-19 death was reported in Tazewell County, according to the Virginia Department of Health. This new death brought the county’s total number of virus deaths to nine.

“Every life lost to this deadly virus leaves a hole in a family, a community and our state,” said Bill J. Crouch, West Virginia DHHR cabinet secretary. “I offer my deepest sympathies to all who are mourning a loved one today.”

Statewide, another 32 coronavirus-related deaths were reported Thursday in West Virginia, according to the DHHR.

The DHHR reported Thursday that West Virginia has had a total of 1,353,347 confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with a total of 68,485 cases and 1,071 deaths.

Free COVID-19 testing will be available today at the Mercer County Health Department from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. The testing will be a drive through at the health department’s parking lot at 978 Blue Prince Road, Bluefield.

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