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5 Deaths, 88 Virus Cases Reported at New Martinsville Center

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Five deaths and nearly 90 active COVID-19 cases have been reported among the residents and staff of the New Martinsville Center, a long-term care facility in Wetzel County.

On Thursday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ COVID-19 website for long-term care facilities reported that 50 residents and 38 staff members at the facility had tested positive. When the state website was updated at 10 a.m. Thursday, the facility also had four deaths, up from two deaths reported earlier this week.

However, Thursday evening Genesis Healthcare, which owns the facility, reported that five people have now died from COVID-19.

The number of infected has steadily increased this week as testing results have returned. On Monday, the facility reported 47 residents and 33 staff members had tested positive for COVID, the vast majority of which were asymptomatic.

Wetzel County as a whole reports 61 active cases, which includes the New Martinsville Center outbreak as one active case. The Wetzel-Tyler Health Department did not return calls seeking comment.

According to the DHHR, the outbreak at the New Martinsville Center is the second-largest long-term care facility outbreak in the state at this time. Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cabell County on Thursday reported 91 active cases among residents and 48 among staff, along with four deaths.

In Ohio County, Peterson Rehabilitation Center lists 20 COVID-19 positive residents and seven positive staff, along with two deaths.

Also Thursday, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported 20 new positive COVID-19 cases, while the Marshall County Health Department reported 17 positive cases and two probable cases.

Ohio County does not release specific information on positive cases, but health officials did note that of the 20 new cases, four came from testing at two long term care facilities and three from testing at West Liberty University.

Marshall County, which does, said the first positive is a female in her 60s reporting mild symptoms. The second is a female in her 80s who is asymptomatic. The third is a female in her 30s who is reporting mild symptoms. The fourth is a male in his 80s who is asymptomatic. The fifth is a male in his 60s who is reporting moderate symptoms. The sixth is a female in her 50s who is reporting mild symptoms. The seventh is a female in her 40s who is reporting mild symptoms. The eight is a male in his 70s who is asymptomatic. The ninth is a female in her 40s who is reporting mild symptoms. The 10th is a female in her 40s who is asymptomatic. The 11th is a female in her 20s who is reporting mild symptoms. The 12th is a female in her 50s who is reporting mild symptoms. The 13th is a female in her 20s who is reporting mild symptoms. The 14th is a female in her 80s who is asymptomatic. The 15th is a female in her 90s who is asymptomatic. The 16th is a male in his 20s who is reporting mild symptoms. The 17th is a male in his 90s who is asymptomatic.

In total, Ohio County now reported 586 total COVID-19 cases, which includes nine deaths. Marshall County has seen 321 confirmed cases and 42 probable cases, 82 of which are in isolation at home, four are hospitalized, five deaths and 253 that have recovered.

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