Covid-19 Update

BLUEFIELD — Mercer County’s COVID-19 death toll has grown to 22, and all 22 deaths are associated with the Princeton Health Care Center.

The two latest individuals in Mercer County to die as a result of COVID-19 are a 72-year old female and a 90-year old female, according to Bill J. Crouch, cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

“The passing of these West Virginians is reported with a heavy heart and we extend our deepest sympathies to their loved ones,” Crouch said.

The Princeton Health Care Center has been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak over the past few weeks. Governor Jim Justice has described the facility as a COVID-19 hot spot in the Mountain State.

In all, nine additional deaths were reported by Crouch Thursday morning in West Virginia. That brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Mountain State to date to 199.

COVID-19 cases in Mercer County continue to increase. The DHHR has reported eight new virus cases in the last two days bringing the county’s cumulative total to date to 290. That’s up from 276 earlier in the week.

Three COVID-19 related deaths also have been reported in neighboring Monroe County, and one death in neighboring Tazewell County.

The Monroe County Health Department released a statement Wednesday confirming that the county had a second and third death related to COVID-19, bringing the county’s total number of deaths to three. The people who died included two men, one 89-years-old and one who was 90 years old. Both were at the Springfield Center in Lindside, which also is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak within the facility.

Sue Cantrell, M.D., director of the Cumberland Plateau and LENOWISCO Health Districts, confirmed the first COVID-19 death in Tazewell County Wednesday afternoon.

“We regret to announce that we have experienced our first COVID-19 related fatality in Tazewell County,” Sue Cantrell, M.D., director of the Cumberland Plateau and LENOWISCO Health Districts, said. “On behalf of all of us at Virginia Department of Health, I extend sincere condolences to this person’s family.”

Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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