Latest News

COVID-19 claims first Mon County victim

COVID-19 claimed its first victim in Monongalia County on Friday.

A man with pre-existing health issues, who was hospitalized at Mon Health Medical Center, died Friday, according to Sundale Medical Director Carl Shrader.

Shrader did not offer additional details.

He did, however, confirm a 10th member of Sundale’s staff tested positive for the disease. The staff member was tested March 23 and received the results Friday — 11 days later.
In addition to the 10 staff members, 21 residents of the care facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

Sundale has 150 employees and 98 patients.

According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website there are 237 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. Kanawha County has the most confirmed cases with 40 while Monongalia County has the third most with 35 cases.

There have been 6,367 test results reported to the DHHR and 3.72% of test results have come back positive, according to the agency. On Wednesday afternoon, West Virginia had 191 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

On March 29, an 88-year-old Marion County woman became the state’s first victim to the disease. The state’s second victim, from Jackson County, died Wednesday.