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All of Northern Panhandle Green on Friday COVID-19 Map

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

The Northern Panhandle’s four counties all found themselves in the safest category on the Department of Health and Human Resources Friday COVID-19 alert map.

Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties all were green on the Friday DHHR map, part of an overwhelming group of green counties in the state, 32 of West Virginia’s 55. There were no counties in red, the map’s highest-risk category, and just four counties in orange, the second-highest-risk category. Nine counties were gold and 10 were yellow.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 7.93 cases per 100,000 residents on Friday’s map with a percent positivity of 2.11. Brooke County had an infection rate of 7.81 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 2.37.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 15.87 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 2.68. Marshall County had an infection rate of 16.38 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 2.75.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced seven new COVID-19 cases in its Friday night update. That brought the county’s totals to 3,835 cases and 65 related deaths since the pandemic began.

The Marshall County Health Department announced 14 new confirmed positive cases and five probable cases in its Friday night update. That brought that county’s totals to 2,381 confirmed cases, 643 probable cases, eight hospitalizations and 62 associated deaths.

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