Second COVID-19 death reported in Pike County

A second patient who tested positive for novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Pike County has died.

According to a statement from Appalachian Regional Healthcare, the 78-year-old female patient, who was announced by officials as Pike County’s third confirmed case of COVID-19, has succumbed to complications from COVID-19. The patient was being treated at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center in South Williamson after being hospitalized there on April 6.

The patient was not identified in the ARH statement.

“Our hearts are broken that another life has sadly been lost to this virus,” Tug Valley ARH Community CEO Jeremy Hall said. “This patient was a member of our community and our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones as they go through this time of loss.”

According to the statement, 730 COVID-19 tests have been administered across ARH’s 13-hospital system. Of those tests, the statement said, eight have been positive, 656 negative and 66 are still pending.

Pike County has had six positive COVID-19 cases to date. The death of the 78-year-old female on Friday is Pike County’s second death. A 62-year-old male patient — Pike County’s fourth confirmed case — died at Pikeville Medical Center on Easter Sunday as a result of the novel coronavirus. The four current COVID-19 patients in Pike County are recovering at home, officials have said.

In his daily briefing on Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 134 new COVID-19 cases across Kentucky, bringing the state’s total to 2,522 cases. He also announced the deaths of eight people, bringing Kentucky’s COVID-19 death toll to 137 people. It was not immediately known on Friday if the death of the 78-year-old female patient at Tug Valley ARH was included in that total. Beshear announced that the average age of coronavirus patients in Kentucky is 52 years old.

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Source: Mountain Top