Justice WHEELING — One person in Ohio County has died of complications of COVID-19, health officials said Monday morning. The state Department of Health and Human Resources said the victim was a 69-year-old man. Ohio County Health Administrator Howard Gamble said the person’s identity and area where they lived were not released by the state health department. However, Gamble did say the person died late Saturday evening while hospitalized with other, underlying health concerns. “They did have to notify the family, and then communicate this with the state health department,” Gamble said. “It took time to push it out and make the announcement. Although it happened late in the evening Saturday, … we had to do the documentation for it Sunday, and then go from there.” Gamble was unable to say which hospital the person was a patient of at the time of death. Currently, the health department is monitoring 22 cases, with one early case transferred to California. Of those cases, 11 have been declared virus-free and released from quarantine. On Saturday, a second employee at the Sheetz convenience store on the westbound side of Interstate 70 at The Highlands was also found to have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to this, the Sheetz location has been shut down indefinitely, including the fuel pumps, while the entire location is professionally cleaned and disinfected. The store was also closed after the first employee tested positive April 7, but that person had not worked at the store since March 23. The other Sheetz at The Highlands closer to the eastbound side of I-70 will remain open. “We are working with employees who had close contact with this worker. Those who have not worked closely with this person will be transferred to nearby store locations,” Sheetz spokesman Nick Ruffner said. “Regardless, all employees will be fully paid while this store remains closed. Sheetz will continue to monitor the situation to determine when it is safe to resume normal operations at this store. We know this is a challenging and stressful time for so many and deeply regret any inconvenience caused by this closure.” Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your personal physician if you become ill with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. NEWSLETTER Today’s breaking news and more in your inbox

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