In his press briefing on Friday afternoon, Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson reported that a sixth Grayson County resident has died from COVID-19.

Henderson said that 87-year-old Oma Maerean Hayes, a resident of Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation and a native of Morgantown, Kentucky, died on Thursday from the virus. 

In a statement read by Henderson Friday, Hayes's family thanked Grayson Nursing and Rehab for its help over the last two-and-a-half years "and for making her last days the best she had in a long time."

The family especially wished to thank the nurses and aides at Grayson Nursing and Rehab who would help Hayes FaceTime with her family and who were with her when she passed away. 

Hayes is survived by her three children, eight grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. 

"Please continue to remember the Hayes family in your thoughts and prayers," Henderson said. 

Henderson closed Friday's briefing with good news, however: five Grayson Nursing and Rehab residents who previously tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and been released from their quarantines. 

Anna Critchelow, June Bradshaw, Mary McGrew, Inis Smith, and Patricia Ward have all been cleared of the coronavirus, and were honored by Henderson Friday. 

"They have tested negative, which is an absolute great thing," he said.