ARH Confirms First COVID-19-related Patient Death at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center
Regional Healthcare (ARH) is sad to report that the 78-year-old female from
Pike County admitted to the Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center last week
has passed away due to complications from the COVID-19 coronavirus.
had been hospitalized at Tug Valley ARH since April 6 due to COVID-19.
patient privacy laws, and out of respect for this patient and her family, we
will not release any additional identifying details about the patient.
are broken that another life has sadly been lost to this virus,” Tug Valley ARH
Community CEO Jeremy Hall said. “This patient was a member of our community and
our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones as they go through this time
To date, 730
COVID-19 tests have been processed across the 13-hospital ARH system. Of these
tests, eight have been positive, 656 were negative and 66 are still awaiting
results from the labs where they are being processed.
positive COVID-19 cases have not yet been as widespread in eastern Kentucky as
some other areas, ARH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Maria Braman encourages the
public to help control the spread of COVID-19 by limiting exposure to others
and practicing the CDC recommendations for social distancing and hand-washing practices.
“This is a
very contagious virus and it will not be the last case of COVID-19 we see in
our communities. Most will have mild symptoms, however some will be sick enough
to require hospital care, and sadly some will die from complications of COVID-19,”
Dr. Braman said. “It is our responsibility as citizens to help control the
spread of COVID-19 by limiting our exposure to others and practicing the CDC
recommendations for social distancing and hand-washing practices. That is the
only way we can get ahead of the spread of this virus.”