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Graphic courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Heath and Human Resources.

BLUEFIELD — Two more deaths in Mercer County from COVID-19 have been confirmed.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources Friday morning confirmed the deaths of an 85-year old female and an 81-year-old male, both from Mercer County.

That brings the total number of deaths in the county to 20.

Two other deaths, one in Fayette County and another in Kanawha County, have also been reported, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the state to 170.

“Today’s reporting of four losses is a heartbreaking reminder of the threat this virus presents,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “West Virginians believe in taking care of each other, and we must strive to keep the health of our neighbors in mind. We extend our sympathy to all of the loved ones impacted by these deaths.”

The total number of positive cases in Mercer County now stands at 264.

It was not immediately confirmed Friday morning if the two new deaths are associated with the Princeton Health Care Center, a COVID-19 outbreak site in Mercer County. Eighteen prior deaths came from that facility.

The Daily Telegraph will update this story as soon as that information becomes available.

Contact Charles Boothe at cboothe@bdtonline.com.

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