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Second COVID-19 related death in Ohio County; currently 45 active cases in county, 128 active in Northern Panhandle

Gamble

WHEELING — A second person has died of COVID-19 in Ohio County, health officials announced Saturday.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department did not identify the victim, but said the person had been hospitalized at the time of death.

It’s the first coronavirus fatality in the county since April 13, when a 69-year-old man died of the COVID-19 disease.

But Ohio County has seen a surge of new coronavirus cases over the past three weeks as the number of cases has more than doubled. The county has reported 29 new cases over the past three days, bringing the total number to 135 since the pandemic began.

Currently there are 45 active COVID-19 cases in the county. Forty percent of the county’s cases are male, with 60 percent female.

Since the pandemic’s inception, 23.6 percent of all positive cases have come from those ages 20-29. The next highest percentage of total positives comes from those 40-49 — 19.3 percent. Those 70 and older make up 12.9 percent of positives, with the age group 60-69 at 12.1 percent; 50-59, 11.4 percent; 30-39, 10.7 percent; and 19 and under making up 10 percent.

Hancock County also is seeing a rise in cases, with 16 of the county’s 41 cases still active. Brooke County also has 16 active cases of its 24 total; Marshall County, 24 active of its 63 total cases; Wetzel County, 22 active cases of its total of 34; and Tyler County, five active cases.

In total, there are 128 active COVID-19 cases in the Northern Panhandle.

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