ELKINS — The Elkins-Randolph County Health Department confirmed Monday that a 61-year-old Randolph County woman died as a result of complications with COVID-19 last week.
The woman was the 13th COVID-related death in Randolph County. The health department released no further information about the woman.
Davis Medical Center currently has seven coronavirus patients, four of which are in the Intensive Care Unit, officials said. Two weeks ago DMC put a hold on visitations from the community because of the amount of patients being treated for COVID-19 at the hospital.
The facility is still over the 10 percent inpatient COVID percentage and will continue to lock down visitations until the population is under that mark. The hospital will monitor coronavirus numbers on a daily basis to determine when visitors are allowed back in DMC.
For the second consecutive week, however, active COVID-19 cases throughout the community dropped. Two weeks ago there were 92 active cases in Randolph County. Last week it dropped to 47 and as of Monday the current number was 32.
“The numbers are a lot better this week, but everyone needs to know that the virus is still in our community,” said Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph-Elkins Health Department’s infectious disease specialist. “There are still people out there who are getting really sick from COVID.”
Woodrum said the best way to combat the virus is for everyone to get vaccinated. The Randolph-Elkins Health Department is still providing individual vaccinations by appointments. They are also offering vaccinations for groups, organizations and businesses.
“Anyone who wants to be vaccinated can give us a call and we will make you an appointment,” Woodrum said. “If there is a business or an organization that would like us to vaccinate everyone in their group, we can do that also. They just need to give us a call and we will set it up.”
The Health Department will also offer a mass vaccination clinic at the Elkins Railyard Train Depot from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 17, The clinic is free to anyone wishing to be vaccinated. The one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be administered at the event.
“Everyone needs to get vaccinated so they can be safe and free this summer,” Woodrum said. “It is the only way we are going to make sure everyone is safe.”