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5 Additional COVID Deaths Reported in Mineral County

December 5th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The Mineral County Health Department has reported five additional residents have died of COVID-19 bringing the death toll to  28. The Cumberland Times News reports two of the dead were residents of Keyser's Piney Valley nursing home, the site of an ongoing outbreak that has infected 89 residents and killed 14. Additionally, 59 employees have tested positive. The other three deaths were community members, all men, ages 84, 76 and 61, according to the health department.

More cases were also reported Friday at Dawnview nursing home in Fort Ashby, which is also in the midst of an outbreak. Two employees and eight residents have tested positive.

Friday afternoon, the health department reported an outbreak at Wayne's Country Fresh Meats in Keyser, where three employees tested positive for the virus, and single employees testing positive at Dairy Queen and Martin's Food Market in Keyser.

The market was closed for cleaning and anyone who visited it Nov. 23-28 may have been exposed. Dairy Queen was also closed for cleaning and those that were there Nov. 29 may have been exposed.

As of Friday morning's update to the Department of Health and Human Resource's daily alert map, Mineral County's infection rate was 157.91 per 100,000 population and its percent positivity 12.29%. The county reported 1,346 cases as of Thursday night, of which 507 were active.