West Virginia health officials have reported the state’s first death resulting from the coronavirus.
In a Sunday news release just before 7 p.m., the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says an 88-year-old female from Marion County has died as a result of COVID-19.
Officials confirmed the death through the Marion County Health Department and United Hospital Center. United Hospital Center operates in Bridgeport, Harrison County — which neighbors Marion County.
“We extend our sincere condolences to this family,” DHHR Sec. Bill Crouch said in the news release.
Shortly after the announcement, Gov. Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice issued a statement offering their own condolences.
“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.”
Justice also asked West Virginians to continue to socially distance in hopes to mitigate the spread of the virus.
“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.”
Following the announcement of West Virginia’s first confirmed death linked to COVID-19, state officials also announced 11 new confirmed cases of the virus — bringing the total of cases in the state to 124.
As of Sunday evening, state health officials say 3,108 West Virginia residents have been tested for the virus. They say no results are currently pending.