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COVID-19 Claims Officer at Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville

Delmar Dean

State officials on Monday reported the death of a second correctional officer — a Weirton resident — from the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Lt. Delmar Dean, 49, died on Saturday, Gov. Jim Justice, said Monday morning during his regular pandemic briefing. Dean was an officer at the Northern Regional Jail and Correctional Center in Moundsville.

“Think about his family,” Justice said. “Please. Please. Please keep all of them in your prayers.”

He is the second correctional officer in West Virginia to pass away from the virus. The first was Cpl Mark Rustemeyer, 58, an officer at the St. Marys Correctional Center, who died on Jan. 2.

Dean worked for the Division of Corrections for 26 years and had battled the virus for several months. He is survived by his wife of 15 years and two daughters, 13 and 10.

“The state of West Virginia and the entire (Division of Corrections) family are grieving this tragic loss,” corrections Commissioner Betsy Jividen said.

Division-wide, there are 43 inmate cases and 14 staff infected with the virus, Justice said. Most of the cases are at the Southern Regional jail with 24 and 11 are at the Northern Regional jail, he said.

Others are scattered at the other jails around the state, he said.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported three new positive COVID-19 cases in its Monday night update. That brought the county’s totals to 3,695 cases and 65 related deaths. The Marshall County Health Department had not updated its Facebook page with its latest numbers as of 10:45 p.m. Monday.

The Department of Health and Human Resources Monday COVID-19 alert map showed no counties in red, the highest-risk category, for another day. In the Northern Panhandle, none of the four counties were even in orange, the second-highest-risk category. Hancock and Brooke counties both were yellow, while Ohio and Marshall counties both were gold.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 10.41 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 3.37. Brooke County had an infection rate of 15.63 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 3.73.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 21.04 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.40. Marshall County had an infection rate of 22.93 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.89.

In Ohio, the Belmont County Health Department on Monday reported 5,175 positive COVID-19 cases and 92 related deaths since the pandemic began.

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