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BREAKING NEWS: First death from Covid-19 in W.Va.

(Marion County, W.Va.) WVVA - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Sunday confirmed an 88-year old female from Marion County has died as a result of COVID-19.

To protect the patient’s privacy, no additional details will be released.

“We extend our sincere condolences to this family,” said Bill J. Crouch, Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice issued the following statement Sunday after learning of the first West Virginian to pass away from COVID-19.

“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.”

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin released a statement on the death as well.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement after West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed the first coronavirus related death in West Virginia.

“Today is a sad day for every West Virginian as we lost one of our own to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gayle and I send our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and loved ones. This virus is unlike anything we have seen in our lifetime and today it hit home for every West Virginian. West Virginians always look out for one another and now more than ever we must come together as a state to take care of everyone in need. Her family, friends, and loved ones will be in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” said Senator Manchin.

Haley Brown

Multimedia Journalist

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