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Kanawha County man W.Va.'s 53rd death related to coronavirus

HUNTINGTON — West Virginia reported its 53rd death related to the novel coronavirus Saturday.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) said the death was a 70-year-old man from Kanawha County.

“As we learn of yet another death to this pandemic, we extend our sincere condolences to this man’s family,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR cabinet secretary.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the state had reported a total of 1,347 positive cases of COVID-19. There have been 61,564 laboratory results received for the virus, with 60,217 negative.

Cabell County reported an additional four cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 52.

Confirmed cases by county are: Barbour (seven), Berkeley (187), Boone (eight), Braxton (two), Brooke (three), Cabell (52), Clay (two), Fayette (34), Gilmer (eight), Grant (three), Greenbrier (eight), Hampshire (eight), Hancock (12), Hardy (16), Harrison (33), Jackson (136), Jefferson (88), Kanawha (182), Lewis (four), Lincoln (five), Logan (13), Marion (46), Marshall (20), Mason (13), McDowell (six), Mercer (11), Mineral (20), Mingo (two), Monongalia (112), Monroe (six), Morgan (16), Nicholas (eight), Ohio (36), Pendleton (five), Pleasants (two), Pocahontas (two), Preston (14), Putnam (27), Raleigh (nine), Randolph (five), Ritchie (one), Roane (eight), Summers (one), Taylor (eight), Tucker (four), Tyler (three), Upshur (five), Wayne (93), Wetzel (six), Wirt (three), Wood (43) and Wyoming (one).

DHHR says the dashboard at www.coronavirus.wv.gov contains West Virginia-specific data, including minority data and nursing home testing results.

In Ohio, one new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lawrence County on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 25. The other 24 cases were out of isolation as of Friday.

Health officials in Lawrence County said the newly diagnosed individual was compliant with home and hospital isolation protocol as per public health recommendations.

As of 2 p.m. Saturday, Ohio reported 23,697 total cases of COVID-19 and 1,331 deaths.

In Kentucky, there were 6,440 cases of COVID-19 as of 5 p.m. Saturday, 158 of which were newly confirmed. Six new deaths related to the virus were also reported, bringing the state’s total to 304.

At least 2,308 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

The U.S. reported nearly 26,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationally, there have been a total of 1,274,036 cases reported, including 77,034 deaths.

The Associated Press reports that for most people, the novel coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

Ironton in Bloom continues beautification efforts with Mother’s Day flower sale

IRONTON — Just in time for Mother’s Day, Ironton in Bloom hosted its annual flower sale Saturday at the Ironton Farmers Market on South 2nd Street.

The event was much different than in previous years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Buyers drove through the location at the farmers market on 2nd and Vernon streets to purchase flowers, plants and hanging baskets that were placed on bleachers or close to the edge to be seen easily.

Volunteers, including local Boy Scouts, were wearing masks and gloves and carried flowers to car trunks and backseats. Donations were also being accepted.

The Mother’s Day flower sale is the biggest fundraiser Ironton in Bloom (IIB) conducts to support its downtown beautification projects.

“With this coronavirus pandemic, we are suffering financially, as is everyone else,” IIB member Carol Allen said in a news release. “We plan on leaving our order for Ironton’s flowers as it was provided in January. Our IIB members feel that this is the best way we can show our support for both our local businesses and our city government. Our community will be filled with beauty and pride.”

Ironton in Bloom also announced it will place and maintain flowers in public spaces downtown as it has in years past, despite the hardships presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The city’s flowers will arrive shortly after Mother’s Day and will celebrate the opening of our retail establishments. Restaurants will follow soon,” Allen wrote. “We ask for your support of the sale and/or donations. They are needed to pay for the flowers as well as their summer-long watering. Please join us as we ‘Plant Pride in Ironton.’”

Ironton in Bloom is also continuing its Yard of the Month program to recognize community members who are contributing to the city’s beauty.

“Everywhere we look, we see residents sprucing up their yards and porches,” Allen said. “Any of you might be nominated as Yard of the Month. Thank you, Irontonians!”