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Local Cases of COVID-19 Continue to Climb

FROM STAFF REPORTS

WHEELING — Cases of COVID-19 infection continue to rise in the Northern Panhandle with Ohio and Marshall counties reporting a combined 19 confirmed or suspected cases on Friday.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced nine new positive cases and three probable case of COVID-19 in Ohio County. The department has reported a total of 508 cases since the pandemic began, including eight deaths.

Two of the new positive COVID-19 cases were identified at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. The infected individuals are students who tested positive on Thursday and Friday.

The health department and school officials investigated and identified staff and students who were direct contacts of those students. Those individuals are being contacted and placed in quarantine.

It had been announced Tuesday that a staff member at Wheeling Central had tested positive.

School staff will conduct appropriate disinfection and cleaning of all areas within the school over the weekend.

Earlier in the week, Wheeling Park High School closed its doors and shifted to remote learning after five students and at least one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

Another 50 students and staff were quarantined. Remote learning will continue through at least Wednesday.

In addition, two cases were identified at West Liberty University last week.

Also on Friday, the Marshall County Health Department received confirmation of seven new positive cases in that county. The first positive is a female in her 20s and the second is a preteen male, both reporting mild symptoms. The third is a female in her 70s who is reporting moderate symptoms. The fourth is a female in her teens who is reporting mild symptoms.

The fifth patient is a female in her 70s who is hospitalized.

The sixth and seventh positive cases previously had been reported as probable cases and have since received confirmation testing. The two adolescents have no direct connection to any Marshall County schools, the department said.

This brings Marshall County to a total of 262 confirmed cases and 20 probable cases since March, 50 of which are in isolation at home and five hospitalized.

Four associated deaths have occurred, and 223 patients have been released from isolation.

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