Coronavirus

Somerset County again has a death related to COVID-19 reported in Friday’s update.

No additional information has been provided about individual deaths, but an obituary for a Meyersdale man says he died as the results of COVID-19 on May 21.

Gary Lynn Watson, 70, of Meyersdale, was struck with COVID-19 on March 14, according to his obituary on the website of Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, 555 Tayman Ave., Somerset.

A graduate of Berlin High School, Watson retired from PBS Coals Surface Mining after 34 years of service, the obituary says.

Somerset’s first case was verified on March 24.

The Department of Health’s report also shows on new Bedford County case among 693 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 70,735.

There are 5,464 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 91 new deaths.

Previously, there was a death listed in Somerset County on daily reports from May 2 until May 17. The death was removed when the health department changed the website death report, explaining the change also changed the location of some deaths to reflect nursing home residents’ official address.

The local counties’ reports now show 37 cases and one death in Somerset County, 57 cases and two deaths in Cambria County, 39 cases and two deaths in Bedford County and 49 cases and one death in Blair County.

There are 15,335 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,565 cases among employees in 603 long-term living facilities in 44 counties. Out of the state’s total deaths, 3,517 have occurred in residents of nursing or personal care facilities.

About 5,280 cases are in health care workers, the health department reports.

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.

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