West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR) in conjunction with United Hospital Center and the Marion County Health Department has confirmed the first death related to coronavirus in the state.
According to the DHHR, an 88-year-old female passed away from the virus.
The news was announced in a press release on Sunday evening.
Governor Jim Justice released the following statement following the news:
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.
“Our healthcare personnel across the state are real heroes,” Gov. 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.
As of Sunday evening, there are 124 total positive cases throughout the state. There have been over 3,000 residents tested for the virus.