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Marshall County turns red on Sunday COVID-19 alert map; Ohio County adds 18 new cases

Marshall County turned red Sunday on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 alert map, as positive cases continue to rise locally.

Meanwhile, a day after announcing three deaths to bring the county’s total to 12, Ohio County on Sunday reported 18 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s overall total to 1,066 cases since March. In the past seven days the county has reported 210 new cases to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Currently, there are at least 303 active COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.

In Marshall County, the county posted a 92.65 infection rate on Sunday, a leap from 79.54 the day before, and a percent positivity of 9.07, up from 7.81 the day before. On the daily alert map, a county’s color is designated by the lower of the two metrics. According to the DHHR site, Marshall County’s infection rate is the lower of the two.

Marshall is one of five red counties on Sunday’s map, joining Barbour, Jackson, Mineral and Randolph.

Ohio County remained orange on Sunday’s map, one of 16 orange counties in West Virginia, and its numbers are rising as well. The county’s latest infection rate was 71.41, up from 68.27 the day before, while its percent positivity was 6.27, up from 5.32 the day before.

Both Marshall County and Ohio County schools are on remote learning for this week, both designated orange Saturday night on the West Virginia Department of Education’s weekly school opening map. That also ended the football seasons of Wheeling Park, Wheeling Central and John Marshall high schools. All three qualified for the state playoffs, but their respective counties’ orange designations on the WVDE map did not allow them to compete.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday announced several stricter edicts to help combat the virus’ spread throughout the state. All those ages 9 and older are required to wear masks or face coverings in public buildings and offices at all times, regardless of the ability to socially distance. Winter sports will be postponed to Jan. 11 and school buildings in all 55 counties will be closed and students will learn remotely from Friday, Nov. 27, to Thursday, Dec. 3.

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