West Virginia hospital outbreak tied to 59 COVID-19 cases

Fifty-nine cases have been reported in a COVID-19 outbreak at Huntington, W.Va.-based Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital as of Oct. 14, reports WV MetroNews

Thirty-five employees and 24 patients have tested positive for the virus at the state-operated psychiatric hospital, State Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch said during an Oct. 14 news briefing. 

"We have developed a unit that is COVID-positive-only to make sure those individuals are protected and isolated from other patients in the facility, and we have a unit that is set up for individuals who might be exposed so they are isolated as well," Mr. Crouch said.

Facility-wide testing took place Oct. 14, and despite contact tracing, officials cannot identify a source of the spread, a department spokesperson told WV MetroNews. 

A nurse employed at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman died earlier this month from COVID-19

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