DHHR: Sharpe Hospital worker victim of COVID-19

WESTON, W.Va. — The 72nd COVID-19 death in West Virginia is that of a state worker, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

The 54-year-old man was a health service worker at William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Lewis County, the DHHR said Friday afternoon.

The agency also said he had several underlying health issues.

Gov. Jim Justice mentioned the death and several others during his coronavirus media briefing Friday at the state capitol.

“I’d ask you especially at this time, Memorial Day Weekend, to have them, as Cathy and I will in our thoughts and prayers, thinking about their loved ones and thinking about how their families are grieving in a big time way right now,” Justice said. “We hate it and they will not be forgotten.”

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