Mineral County Health Department resumes reports; 69th death confirmed

Mineral Daily News-Tribune
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By Liz Beavers


Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - As Mineral County’s number of active COVID cases has continued to hold steady around the 450-500 rate since mid-December, the free community testing resumed this week at Keyser High School and Frankfort Middle School.

The Mineral County Health Department had not released any statistics on COVID-related deaths and/or active cases since Dec. 22, when the active cases were listed at 466. At that time, a total of 60 Mineral County residents had died from COVID-related illness. The total number of cases since the pandemic started was 1,877.

A day before that release, the health department had reported the virus had hit their own facility and the daily reports and community testing ceased at that time as employees either fought the virus or were quarantined.

Monday, the health department announced that the 69th COVID-related death had been confirmed - a 74-year-old male who had been hospitalized.

Since Dec. 22, the number of active cases have increased slightly, with 484 reported on Tuesday. The total number of cases since the beginning, however, had surpassed the 2,000 mark by 82 cases.

A total of 1,567 of those persons have recovered from the virus.