Randolph sees first COVID-19 fatality

ELKINS — Officials announced Wednesday that the first Randolph County resident has died from the coronavirus.

The 95-year-old man passed away Tuesday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where he was being treated in the hospital’s COVID-19 unit, Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph-Elkins Health Department’s infectious disease specialist, told The Inter-Mountain late Wednesday afternoon. He had been hospitalized for several weeks, he said.

“He was hospitalized for other underlying conditions and was found to be COVID positive upon his admission,” Woodrum said, adding that the coronavirus “exacerbated” the man’s other ailments.

The man’s name and the town he lived in were not being released publicly, she said.

Randolph County has had 222 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including four currently active cases and 217 recovered cases, she said.

Woodrum noted that the staffs for Randolph County’s three nursing homes are scheduled to be tested for COVID-19 next week, and will be tested monthly until further notice, in compliance with Gov. Jim Justice’s statewide order.

Despite case numbers spiking across the state, Woodrum said that there has been “no uptick” in cases in Randolph County recently.


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