Mercer County Health Department announces eight new deaths due to COVID-19

COVID-19

PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – The Mercer County Health Department announces with great regret that there have been eight additional deaths due to complications of COVID-19 in Mercer County at Princeton Health Care Center (PHCC) over the past two weeks. 

The delayed reporting of these deaths was influenced by two factors: First, the sudden vacancy of the medical director position at PHCC, and second, a misinterpretation of standing COVID-19 state procedures pertaining to the need for verification of death certificates prior to reporting. 

Dr. Randy Maxwell, the chairperson for the Mercer County Board of Health, stated “The Mercer County Health Department interim director, Brenda Donithan is updating the death reporting procedures for the department based on the new clarification of directives to ensure there will be no delay in future reporting. On behalf of the Mercer County Board, we extend our condolences to those who have lost loved ones and our prayers to those who are currently fighting this battle.” 

Cumulatively speaking, since March, there have been Eighty-One confirmed cases of Covid-19. Currently, there are 34 active resident cases and 21 active employee cases.

More updates from the Princeton Health Care Center can be found by clicking here.

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