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First COVID-19 death in West Virginia

DHHR, Justice confirm Marion County woman, 88, has died as a result of the virus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Through the Marion County Health Department and United Hospital Center, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Sunday confirmed an 88-year old female from Marion County has died as a result of COVID-19.

To protect the patient’s privacy, no additional details will be released.

“We extend our sincere condolences to this family,” said Bill J. Crouch, Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Gov. Jim Justice and his wife also released a statement.

“I ask all West Virginians to join Cathy and I in praying for the family, friends and loved ones of this individual,” Gov. Justice said. “It is truly a sad day in West Virginia.”

“We are working around the clock, along with members of my administration, and the top medical experts in our state to do absolutely everything we can to protect West Virginians,” he said.

“Our health care personnel across the state are real heroes,” Justice added.

“They deserve our love and support during this time because they are committed to caring for our citizens that fall ill.

“I implore all West Virginians to continue to stay at home, limit their exposure to others, keep practicing good hygiene, and if you feel sick seek medical attention right away. Be vigilant, stay calm and do your part to help us keep battling this pandemic.”

According the, as of March 29, there are 124 positive cases, 2,984 negative cases and one death in West Virginia.

The breakdown by county is as follows: Berkeley (10), Cabell (1), Greenbrier (2), Hancock (3), Harrison (7), Jackson (8), Jefferson (5), Kanawha (19), Logan (1), Marion (5), Marshall (4), Marshall (4), Mason (3), Mercer (2), Monongalia (30), Morgan (1), Ohio (7), Pleasants (1), Preston (1), Putnam (3), Raleigh (4) Tucker (2), Upshur (1), Wetzel (1), Wirt (1), Wood (2),