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Fewer West Virginia Counties Red on COVID-19 Map

Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties remained in red on the state’s COVID-19 alert map Wednesday, but the roster of that club around the state continued to shrink.

Of West Virginia’s 55 counties, 15 of them were red — the highest-risk category — on the Department of Health and Human Resources Thursday COVID-19 alert map. Thirty-one counties, including Hancock County, were orange, the second-highest risk category.

Three more were gold, a rung below orange on the map, and five were in yellow, the second-safest category.

And for the first time in a long time, West Virginia had a county in green, the safest category on the map. McDowell County found itself in green by sporting a percent positivity of 2.87. A percentage below 3.00 earns that spot.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported 24 new positive COVID-19 cases in its Wednesday night update, bringing the county’s totals to 3,327 cases and 57 related deaths. The department also announced that the multi-county vaccination clinic scheduled for Friday at the Marshall County Fairgrounds had filled all its appointment spots.

The Marshall County Health Department announced 10 new confirmed positive and eight new probable COVID cases in its Wednesday update. That brings that county’s totals to 2,051 confirmed cases, 511 probable cases, eight hospitalizations and 56 associated.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 50.58 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positive of 6.08 on Wednesday’s DHHR map. Brooke County had an infection rate of 75.53 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 10.20.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 74.17 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 8.39. Marshall County had an infection rate of 65.51 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 9.46.

In Ohio, Belmont County has reported 4,652 total cases in the county since the pandemic’s onset, with 1,057 people isolated at home with active cases, 37 hospitalized and 87 deaths.

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