Pike man is area’s first COVID-19 death

A Pike County man has been confirmed as being the first person in the region to die as a result of the novel coronavirus.

In his daily briefing on Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that a 62-year-old male, whom the governor believes to be a Pike County resident, has died as a result of novel coronavirus COVID-19. Pike County Health Department Director Tammy Riley confirmed to Mountain Top News that the victim mentioned by Beshear is, in fact, a Pike resident.

The identify of the victim has not been released. As of Sunday, Pike County had four confirmed COVID-19 cases. On Friday, Riley and Pike County Judge-Executive Ray Jones announced that a 62-year-old man was the county’s fourth confirmed case. Riley did not comment on whether that patient announced on Friday is the same person who succumbed to the coronavirus.

COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in most Eastern Kentucky counties. Floyd, Magoffin and Harlan counties are among those without confirmed cases.

Beshear’s announcement about the Pike man’s death came on Easter Sunday, a day which the governor said he hoped to be able to not announce any new deaths. In his briefing, the governor announced 134 new coronavirus cases in the state and three new deaths, including the Pike County man.

As of Easter Sunday, there were 1,963 total COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.

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Source: Mountain Top