COVID Numbers Holding Steady in Several Local Counties
Across the Northern Panhandle, cases of COVID-19 in several counties seem to be holding steady, with spikes being reported in Ohio and Marshall counties.
On Wednesday, Ohio County reported 12 new cases of the disease, while Marshall County reported a spike of 16 new cases on Tuesday, with eight more cases being reported Wednesday.
On Thursday, Ohio County had three additional positives while Marshall County had one new positive case and also its second COVID-19 related death.
To the north, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ COVID-19 map shows Hancock County with 27 active cases. Hancock County’s cases had been steadily rising up from the previous Thursday’s 19 cases before peaking at 31 Wednesday. Brooke County reports 15 cases, down from the previous week’s 19, and with numbers hovering between 12 and 15 for much of the week.
The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced 12 new cases Wednesday, which at the time were associated with vacation travel, group and family gatherings, and higher numbers of cases at education centers. Additionally, other cases did not show other risk factors, seeming to indicate community spread.
Along with Thursday’s numbers, this brings Ohio County to 40 active cases.
In Marshall County, community spread was identified as a likely culprit for a 16-person spike reported Monday, with Threat Preparedness Director Mark Ackermann calling for all locals to get tested, as asymptomatic individuals can still spread the disease without displaying symptoms. As of Thursday, Marshall County reports 46 active cases.
One man was confirmed to have died of COVID-19 in Marshall County Wednesday evening, the second in the county.
Ackermann had previously said that test results from individual days may take a day or more to be properly logged with the DHHR, and so numbers from individual counties may not match the daily increases on the state website.
When it comes to sports, Marshall County — which now is orange on the DHHR’s map — will still be able to see its schools play this weekend. John Marshall faces Brooke today, and the game will take place as scheduled.
Wetzel County reports four active cases Thursday, a significant improvement over the 14 cases reported the previous day. Cases in Wetzel County had been holding steady for the previous week, oscillating between 12 and 15 cases before Thursday brought relief with ten patients being cleared.
Tyler County reports six cases, straying from the week’s upward trend, beginning with four cases last Thursday, and slowly climbing to eight by Wednesday.
Across the river in Belmont County, the Ohio Department of Health reports 63 active cases, an increase over last week. Last Friday counted 39 active cases, according to the county health department, with a spike on Tuesday bringing the county up to 58 active cases.
Since March, 25 people have died in Belmont County.