Health department confirms second Fayette County COVID-19 death

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Fayette County Health Department has confirmed a second COVID-19 death. A female, age 85, passed away on Saturday.

The health department released the following statement:

The Fayette County Health Department regrets to report that two people in Fayette County have passed away due to COVID-19. A female patient, age 85 and a male patient, age 89 both passed away earlier today, May 16, 2020.

Dr. Anita Stewart, Health Officer for Fayette County Health Department stated “I extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones during this time of loss. The friends and families are in our thoughts and our prayers.”

Fayette County is currently at 38 confirmed cases with 16 of those recovered and now two reported deaths.

“As of yesterday, we had zero deaths reported due to COVID-19 and today we have two. These deaths should remind us of just how important it is to continue working to protect one another during this pandemic.” said Teri Harlan, Administrator for the Fayette County Health Department.

The Health Department continues to investigate all cases. All confirmed cases will be isolated and close contacts are quarantined. The Health Department asks that the community continue to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering when you are around others. If you have questions or feel you need to be tested, please contact your primary care provider or the Fayette County Health Department at 304-574-1617.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.