Mineral County Health Department confirms ninth, tenth, 11th COVID-related deaths
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Mineral County Health Department has confirmed the ninth, tenth and 11th COVID-related deaths in the county.
Two of the individuals were residents of the Piney Valley Nursing Home, and the other individual, not affiliated with the nursing home, had been hospitalized due to the virus.
“The Mineral County Health Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends,” said administrator A.Jay Root.
The individual who had been hospitalized when he succumbed to COVID-related illness was a 70-year-old male.
Root also said eight additional residents and three employees at Piney Valley have tested positive, bringing the total to 71 residents and 34 employees who have tested positive for the virus since the start of the outbreak.
The health department continues to work with staff at Piney Valley as well as the West Virginia DHHR to ensure that protocols and procedures are being followed at the facility.
They are also working to identify any potential persons who may have had close contact with the individuals, including family members, friends, residents and health care professionals.
Root continues to remind the public to practice safety measures to help stop the virus from spreading.
“As a reminder, wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing/sanitizing of hands are the best ways to keep numbers low,” he said.
“Wearing a mask protects those around you. Social distancing limits the chances of COVID-19 droplets from spreading from one individual to another. Hand washing and sanitizing as well as not touching the mouth, eyes, or nose help eliminate or reduce self-contamination.”
Mineral County continues to offer free community testing, with sites set up Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mineral County Fairgrounds and 2-5 p.m. at the Mineral County Technical Center.
For more information on COVID-19, visit www.mineralcountyhealthdepartment.com, visit the health department Facebook page, or go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov (COVID-19 tab).