West Virginia COVID-19 cases increase to 124, first death reported Sunday

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in West Virginia increased by 11 to 124, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Sunday night.

The DHHR also said a Marion County woman had died as a result of the coronavirus.

“Through the Marion County Health Department and United Health Center, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed an 88-year old female from Marion County has died as a result of COVID-19,” the DHHR said in a press release issued Sunday. “To protect the patient’s privacy, no additional details will be released.”

Upshur County reported no new cases on Sunday. New cases were reported in Cabell, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Raleigh, Wetzel and Wirt counties.

Just 290 people were tested on Sunday, a decrease over prior days.

“As of March 29, 2020, 3,108 residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 124 positive, 2,984 negative and one death,” according to a press release from the DHHR.

In a press release, Governor Jim Justice said he is working “around-the-clock” to protect West Virginians.

“I ask all West Virginians to join Cathy and I in praying for the family, friends, and loved ones of this individual,” Justice said after learning of the state’s first death related to COVID-19. “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,” the governor added. “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.”

He also thanked the healthcare workers on the front line fighting the pandemic.

“Our healthcare 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.”

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