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Ohio County Reports 58th COVID-Related Death

One new COVID-related death was reported Thursday night by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, the 58th such death in Ohio County since the pandemic began.

The department also reported 23 new positive cases in its Thursday update, bringing that total to 3,349. The Marshall County Health Department had not posted its update on its Facebook page as of 11 p.m. Thursday.

Ohio County moved from red, the highest-risk category, to one step better in orange on the Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 Thursday alert map.

Ohio County joined Hancock County in that designation, matching most of the rest of the state.

There were 15 counties in red, including Brooke and Marshall. Twenty-eight were in orange, seven were in gold, four were in yellow and one, Tucker, was in green, the map’s safest category.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 49.09 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 5.69. Brooke County had an infection rate of 68.37 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 9.56.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 74.86 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 7.98.

Marshall County had an infection rate of 68.31 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 9.52.

In Ohio, the Belmont County Health Department reported 4,695 total positive tests in the county since the pandemic began, with 1,097 people now isolated at home with active cases and 40 people hospitalized.

Eighty-seven residents have died while infected.

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