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Health Dept. Reports Two COVID-19 Related Deaths; 8 Additional Cases

WILCOE, W.Va. – With a heavy heart the McDowell County Health Department has confirmed today, the deaths of 2 residents from complications related to COVID-19.

“This is our 14th and 15th death in McDowell County and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the patients’ family and friends,” said Health Department officials. “This is a tragic development in this outbreak and the McDowell County Health Department continues to ask all citizens to help slow down the spread of the disease and to protect those at greatest risk by following the guidelines. No additional information or details will be released.”

Also on Tuesday, McDowell County Health Department Officials confirmed 8 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the overall total cases to 1210 with 50 being active.

“The 8 new cases today are attributed to community spread. Our 50 active cases are located throughout the county. Currently, 12 of our active cases are hospitalized with 3 of those being on a ventilator,” said officials. “PLEASE follow the recommended guidelines when you are out in public.”

The Health Department is working to identify all contacts to these cases. Anyone who is identified as being a contact will be notified by the Health Department. If you are identified as an official contact by the Health Department, please follow all guidelines given to you. Following these guidelines will help to protect others and helps to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The McDowell County Health Department urges all residents to do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, avoiding large crowds, and washing your hands frequently.

The Health Department will continue to keep you updated on this fluid situation through Facebook as well as through local media partners.

Due to Federal HIPAA guidelines, no other information about these cases will be given.