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COVID-19 Cases Continue Climb in Northern Panhandle of West Virginia

COVID-19 cases continued to climb locally Thursday as every county in West Virginia continued to exist in the two highest-risk categories on the state’s daily COVID alert map.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported 52 new positive COVID cases in its Thursday night update. That brings the county’s totals to 2,930 positive cases and 50 related deaths since the pandemic began.

The Marshall County Health Department reported 14 new positive COVID cases and 14 new probable cases in its Thursday night update. That brings the county’s totals to 1,858 confirmed cases, 427 probable cases, two hospitalizations and 53 associated deaths.

All four Northern Panhandle counties were in “red,” the highest-risk category on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Thursday COVID-19 alert map. Forty-five of West Virginia’s 55 counties were “red” on the DHHR map.

The other 10 were “orange,” the map’s second-highest-risk category.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 102.64 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 12.33. Brooke County had an infection rate of 92.46 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 13.50.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 72.10 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 10.86. Marshall County had an infection rate of 78.14 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 13.23.

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