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Wheeling Central moves to remote learning this week after multiple COVID-19 positives at school

Monday morning, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and Wheeling Central Catholic High School announced that Wheeling Central will close this week to in-person learning after “multiple positive COVID-19 cases” have been identified among students and staff.

Wheeling Central had been at five-day, in-person learning since school began on Sept. 8. In-person instruction is set to resume next Monday.

Also Monday, the health department said a student at Triadelphia Middle School tested positive late last week. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and school officials have investigated and identified students and staff that were direct contacts. Those individuals were contacted and placed in quarantine.

Overall Monday, the health department announced 15 new positive COVID-19 cases from over the weekend. Currently, the health department reports a total of 523 cases, including eight deaths. Case surveillance, contact tracing, and monitoring continues for many of the reported cases.

Investigation to date indicates that cases are associated with resident and nonresident vacation travel, group events including family gatherings, cases at higher education centers, and cases with no other risk factor, which can be an indicator of active community spread. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is monitoring multiple outbreaks among facilities in Ohio County.

Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wear a face-covering when out in public, indoors, or at work, wash your hands frequently, and contact your personal physician if you become ill with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

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