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Early Vote Numbers Still High On Second Day

WHEELING — Local counties continued to post high turnout numbers on the second day of early voting in West Virginia, with some counties even surpassing strong first-day numbers.

* Ohio County has seen the most early voters, with a total of 897 casting early ballots as of 4 p.m. Thursday. There were 479 who cast ballots Wednesday, and 418 submitted Thursday with an hour of voting still to happen.

Ohio County has 30,994 registered voters.

* Turnout in Marshall County was 394 on Wednesday. On Thursday, more than 400 had voted as of 4 p.m.

Marshall County has 21,417 registered voters.

* Hancock County boasted 208 voters Wednesday, but had another 227 votes cast as of 4 p.m. Thursday. The total number of ballots submitted over the two days was 435 as of 4 p.m., and there were still “a lot of people in the lobby” waiting to vote at that time, according to elections clerk Jeanne Ostrander.

In Hancock County, there are 23,998 registered voters.

* Brooke County saw 252 cast ballots by 4 p.m. Thursday, and there were 319 received on Wednesday.

Brooke County has 19,164 registered voters.

* Wetzel County reported a two-day total of 365 early voters as of 4 p.m. Thursday. The county had 183 voters on Wednesday and had nearly that many on Thursday.

There are 10,221 registered to vote in Wetzel County.

* Tyler County had 125 votes cast Wednesday, and another 117 ballots by 4 p.m. Thursday.

Tyler County has 6,663 registered voters.

Early voting has proven a popular option as Northern Panhandle residents seek to avoid crowded polling places during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced seven new positive cases of the coronavirus and one probable case in Ohio County on Thursday.

The health department reports a total of 496 cases since the pandemic arrived, including eight deaths.

Three new positive COVID-19 cases were identified at West Liberty University — two students and one adult faculty/staff member. They tested positive on Tuesday during the university’s routine testing clinic. The health department and school officials have investigated and identified staff and students that were direct contacts and placed them in quarantine.

The Marshall County Health Department received confirmation of six new positive and one new probable case in that county Thursday. The first positive is a preteen male who is asymptomatic, and the second a male in his 90s who is hospitalized. The third is a female in her 40s who is reporting mild symptoms. The fourth a female in her 30s and the fifth a female in her 50s, both of whom are reporting moderate symptoms. The sixth is a male in his 30s with mild symptoms. The probable case is a female in her 60s who is reporting mild symptoms.

This brings Marshall County to a total of 255 confirmed cases so far amid the outbreak and 22 probable cases, 51 of whom are in isolation at home, three hospitalized, four associated deaths and 219 who have been released from isolation.

“We all have a role to play in limiting the spread of this virus,” the department wrote. “We continue to urge all individuals to wear a face covering when in public when they are unable to maintain social distancing.”

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