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Miscommunication leads to confusion: Still no COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

Editor’s note: At 11:12 a.m. today the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) notified all news media of the first COVID-19 related death in West Virginia. The news media in the state, relying on information provided by the state’s official source for West Virginia novel coronavirus information, then reported the facts as presented to us.
Shortly after that, the nursing home involved stated it had misreported a death to the state, and just after that, the media, including 13 News corrected the error. At 12:47 p.m. the state officially corrected its report “regarding a false death.” There is a post the thread of our Facebook post from Greg Wolfe who says the individual reported is his father, the family was informed of the miscommunication and “Dad is still with us and fighting strong.”
Greg, on behalf of 13 News we apologize for any consternation our report, based on the state’s information, may have caused you and your family – and know that we are all pulling for your father to get through this successfully!
Rod Jackson, News Director – 13 News

UPDATE: The West Virginia DHHR has released a statement from Sundale Rehabilitation and Long Term Care CEO Michael Hicks.

Last night, Sundale Long Derm Care home reported that a resident from our facility died. We have since learned that this individual did not pass away as we originally believed. This individual has COVID-19 and is currently hospitalized in critical condition at a local hospital.

We sincerely apologize for the confusion and the erroneus reporting that was relayed to the local health department, Monongalia County Health Department, and ultimately to the state Department of Health and Human Resources, which reported the death in an official capacity.”

Michael Hicks, Sundale Rehabilitation and Long Term Care, CEO

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)– The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources initially confirmed the state’s first COVID-19 related death Friday morning – but then questions arose as to the accuracy of the report.

The WVDHHR described the person is a 76-year old male from Monongalia County, associated with the Sundale Long Term Care home in Morgantown and had underlying health conditions.

But then the nursing home announced via Facebook they had a “miscommunication” on their part in a report to the WVDHHR Thursday night and says there has not been a COVID-19 related fatality at the facility.

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