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Two Wheeling Park Students Among New COVID-19 Cases

WHEELING — Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced 19 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, including two students at Wheeling Park High School and a teacher at Wheeling Central Catholic High School.

According to information provided by health Administrator Howard Gamble, the two WPHS students tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. He said the health department and school officials investigated and identified staff who were direct contacts of the infected students. Those individuals have been contacted and placed in quarantine.

The teacher at Wheeling Central also tested positive on Tuesday. A similar investigation led to the quarantine of some staff and students who had direct contact with that person.

Gamble said school staff will conduct appropriate disinfection and cleaning of all areas within the schools, adding that all students and staff should monitor their health.

“Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested,” Gamble said in a news release that also urged all students and staff to continue to follow proper COVID-19 prevention and health practices, including wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, hand washing and routine cleaning.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is monitoring six outbreaks among facilities in Ohio County. These facilities include two long-term care centers, a university, public schools transportation, high schools and a residential care facility. The department reminds Ohio Valley residents who are tested for COVID-19 to remain in home isolation until receiving negative test results. Individuals who test positive will be contacted by a county health department and receive further instructions in regard to care and monitoring.

The off-site Wheeling Hospital COVID-19 testing clinic continues operations. Ohio Valley residents who are interested in being tested at this location should call the on-call number at 304-221-3995. Testing is also available at Doctor’s Urgent Care, 304-232-0725; MedExpress, 304-242-4228; and Wheeling Health Right, 304-233-9323.

During the pandemic, Ohio County has reported 489 total cases of the illness and eight related deaths.

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