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Brooke County Slips to Gold on West Virginia COVID-19 Risk 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)

Brooke County went for gold Friday, but not in a way the county wanted.

The county fell to gold on the Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 alert map after sitting at yellow the last few days. Hancock and Marshall counties remained at yellow, the second-safest category on the DHHR map, while Ohio County stayed at green, the safest category.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 14.38 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 3.60. Brooke County had an infection rate of 24.09 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.70.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 17.59 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 2.54. Marshall County had an infection rate of 19.65 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 3.85.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported 14 new positive COVID-19 cases in its Friday night update. That brought the county’s totals to 4,211 cases and 83 related deaths since the pandemic began.

The Marshall County Health Department had not updated its website with the county’s latest numbers as of 10 p.m. Friday.

In Ohio, the Belmont County Health Department reported a total of 5,904 cases in Belmont County since the pandemic’s onset, with 113 related deaths, the latest being a woman in her 70s.

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