WILCOE, W.Va. – With a heavy heart the McDowell County Health Department has confirmed today, the 22nd death of a resident from complications related to COVID-19 in McDowell County.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the patient’s family and friends. 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,” said Health Department officials Monday afternoon.

Shortly beforehand, McDowell County Health Department Officials also confirmed 10 additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday afternoon May 3rd, 2021, bringing the overall total cases to 1495 with 27 being active.

The 10 new cases today are attributed to community spread. Our 27 active cases are located throughout the county and out of the active cases, 7 are currently hospitalized.  

Currently, 7 of our active cases are hospitalized,” said Health Dept. 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.

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