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5 New COVID Deaths Reported Between Marshall, Ohio Counties

Between Marshall and Ohio counties, five new COVID-related deaths were reported Wednesday night.

The Marshall County Health Department reported three new deaths in its Wednesday night update, while the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported two new deaths. That puts Marshall County’s total at 51 deaths since the pandemic began, and Ohio County’s total at 42.

Marshall County’s deaths were of an 89-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman who were hospitalized at the time of their passing, and a 64-year-old man who was a resident of a long-term care facility. Ohio County’s deaths were one resident of a long-term care facility and one who was hospitalized.

Marshall County also reported 101 new confirmed positive cases and 34 probable cases, but 89 of those 101 cases had previously been reported as part of the Northern Regional Jail COVID outbreak.

They had not yet been reported in the county health department’s totals. Marshall County now has a total of 1,699 confirmed cases and 342 probable cases, with seven hospitalizations.

Ohio County also reported 22 new COVID cases, bringing that county’s totals to 2,631 cases.

Calhoun County was an oasis of “green” surrounded by a sea of “orange” and “red” Wednesday on West Virginia’s COVID-19 alert map.

The tiny county was the only one among the state’s 55 that wasn’t “red,” the highest-risk category, or “orange,” the second-highest-risk category, on the Department of Health and Human Resources daily COVID-19 alert map. Calhoun’s percent positivity was 2.62 on Wednesday. No other county in the state had a percent positivity below 5.00.

Forty-one of the remaining counties in West Virginia were in “red,” including all four in the Northern Panhandle. If that remains the case when schools return to in-person learning on Jan. 19, high schools in those 41 counties would continue on remote learning, though middle and elementary schools would be able to hold in-person classes. Gov. Jim Justice announced that alteration at his Wednesday media briefing.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 82.81 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 15.99, while Brooke County had an infection rate of 80.74 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 15.67.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 58.30 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 10.90, while Marshall County had an infection rate of 45.86 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 11.43.

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