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Wheeling Health Right To Begin COVID-19 Vaccinations

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)

Wheeling Health Right soon will be joining the movement to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to people around the Ohio Valley.

Starting Wednesday, May 19, Wheeling Health Right will begin delivering vaccinations on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays to those ages 16 and older. Vaccinations will be delivered by appointment only and those appointments can be made by calling 304-233-9323. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent with them. One does not need to be a Wheeling Health Right patient to get vaccinated.

“We are glad to have another way to assist our local community by providing access to vaccines,” Wheeling Health Right Executive Director Kathie Brown said. “Our goal is the same as the rest of the country, to get as many people vaccinated (as possible).”

Three medical staff members from Wheeling Health Right assisted the Ohio County Health Department from February-May 2021 at the Highlands COVID Vaccination Clinic administering vaccines. From October 2021-April 2021 Wheeling Health Right tested 3,310 individuals for COVID-19.

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Administrator Howard Gamble said this is a big step in widening the scope of vaccinations in the area.

“For them to step in and have vaccines in their facility is a tremendous benefit,” he said. “One, for their patients, they have an opportunity not to miss an opportunity. If you walk in, you can get it without them saying, ‘You have to drive up to The Highlands.’

“Second, this is a big step in vaccines becoming more available to private physician offices,” he added. “This is a natural progression from county health and larger clinics being the sole provider of vaccines. It’s a good sign.”

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced three new positive COVID-19 cases in its Wednesday night update, bringing the county’s totals to 4,400 cases and 90 related deaths since the pandemic began.

The Marshall County Health Department announced seven new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and six new probable cases in its Wednesday update. The department is sending people to the Department of Health and Human Resources website for its latest totals, which were 2,516 confirmed cases, 937 probable cases and 77 related deaths as of Wednesday morning.

In the Northern Panhandle, Brooke and Ohio counties on Wednesday were green, the safest category on the DHHR COVID-19 alert map. Hancock County was yellow, the second-safest category, while Marshall County climbed out of orange, the second-highest-risk category, into gold.

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