UPDATE: 10 a.m. Friday, March 12: The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has revised the number of unreported deaths from 168 to 165.
The WV DHHR says further investigation and the quality assurance process determined two individuals at the Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center had recovered from COVID-19 at the time of their deaths. Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center now has zero deaths not properly reported. Another death that occurred at Berkeley Medical Center on the list was determined as a duplicate of a reported death as the first name had been listed as the last name on the report. That facility also now has no improperly reported deaths.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice says more than 160 COVID-19 related deaths went unreported by 70 health care facilities around the state. State Health Officer Dr. Ayne Amjad, M.D. says those facilities span across 30 counties.
“I don’t get it. I don’t get this at all. This is absolutely unacceptable…. That’s terrible,” Justice said.
The governor says 168 deaths related to COVID-19, including some West Virginians who passed away at home, went previously unreported by hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, hospice, and two from jail facilities that were transported to hospitals. At least half of that number is through hospitals, according to Justice and Amjad.
“I don’t know how our people could just let this go.”WV Gov. Jim Justice.
Amjad says the facilities did not follow the protocols for reporting COVID-19 related deaths, which were set in April 2020. She says the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources learned about these deaths when the death certificates started coming to the organization’s vital registration endpoint.
“Right now we are very disappointed that these facilities have not done this accurately,” Amjad said.
Amjad says the state will be reaching out to those facilities to help them facilitate the issue.
Justice says state health officials will be working to get to the bottom of the issue. The governor says he will read all of these deaths during his next briefing planned for Friday, March 12.
Wednesday evening, Jim Kaufman, president and CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association, released the following statement regarding the unreported deaths at hospitals:
Like others in West Virginia, today we learned of unreported COVID-19 related deaths by hospitals and other facilities across the State. It is unfortunate that this reporting error occurred during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in December and January.
The process the State has put in place that led to today’s announcement demonstrates the close partnership between the state and hospitals in responding to this pandemic. Today’s announcement provides an important opportunity to ensure accurate reporting in the future.
We thank our healthcare workers for their hard work and express sympathy to the families who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.Jim Kaufman, president and CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association
The following deaths will be reported on the COVID-19 dashboard on Friday, March 12.
|Acuity Specialty Hospital||3|
|Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital||2|
|Berkeley Medical Center||0*|
|Bowers Hospice House||1|
|C.A.M.C – Teays Valley||6|
|C.A.M.C. – General Division||1|
|C.A.M.C. – Memorial Division||8|
|Camden-Clark Medical Center Memorial Campus||12|
|Cameron Nursing and Rehab Center||1|
|Cedar Ridge Nursing Home||1|
|Davis Medical Center||2|
|E A Hawse Nursing and Rehab||3|
|Eagle Pointe Nursing Home||3|
|Eldercare Health and Rehab||1|
|Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center||1|
|Elmcroft of Teays Valley||1|
|Evergreen Assisted Living||1|
|Genesis Health Care Sistersville Center||1|
|Genesis of White Sulphur Springs Center||2|
|Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center||1|
|Greenbrier Valley Medical Center||4|
|Hospice House at CAMC||1|
|Hospice House of Huntington||3|
|Hospice of the Panhandle||1|
|Hubbard Hospice House||2|
|Hubbard Hospice House West||3|
|Madison Nursing and Rehab||2|
|Maples Nursing Home||2|
|Mercer Nursing Home||1|
|Mon Health Medical Center||3|
|Monongalia General Hospital||1|
|Ohio Valley Health Care||1|
|Pierpont Center at Fairmont Campus||1|
|Pine Ridge Health Care Center||2|
|Potomac Valley Hospital||1|
|Princeton Community Hospital||2|
|Raleigh General Hospital||3|
|Ravenswood Care Center||1|
|Reynolds Memorial Hospital||5|
|Ruby Memorial Hospital||9|
|Select Specialty Hospital||3|
|Sistersville Health Care Center||1|
|St. Francis Hospital||1|
|St. Mary’s Medical Center||5|
|Stonerise The Brier||1|
|Sweetbriar of Dunbar||1|
|The Stone Pear Pavilion||1|
|The Willows Center||1|
|Thomas Memorial Hospital||2|
|VA Medical Center||1|
|Veterans Hospital-Harrison County||1|
|Veterans Hospital-Wayne County||1|
|Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation||0*|
|Weirton Geriatric Center||1|
|Weirton Medical Center||4|
|Worthington Healthcare Center||3|
|WV Caring Hospice Center||1|
|Mount Olive Correctional Center||2|