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Ohio, Marshall Counties’ COVID Percent Positivity Among State’s Worst

Ohio and Marshall counties’ percent positivity for COVID-19 both were among the four highest in West Virginia according to data released Thursday, while the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported two more COVID-related deaths.

Ohio County’s percent positivity for COVID-19 climbed to the second highest of any county in West Virginia on Thursday’s West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources daily COVID-19 alert map, while Marshall County’s was the fourth highest.

With the two deaths reported in Ohio County, one was hospitalized at the time of their death and the other was a resident of a long-term care facility at the time of their death. Ohio County has now reported 22 deaths since the pandemic began.

Ohio County’s percent positivity hit 11.35 on Thursday. Only Wirt County at 13.17 was higher. Marshall County’s percent positivity reached 10.85.

Ohio County had 198 positive cases in 1,745 confirmatory lab tests over the past seven days, while Marshall County has 172 positive cases in 1,585 confirmatory lab tests over the past seven days.

Ohio County’s infection rate also climbed for the fourth straight day, sitting at 91.07 positive cases per 100,000 residents on Thursday’s map. Those numbers put Ohio County in “red,” the map’s highest-risk category.

The county also announced 46 new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing its total to 1,790.

Marshall County also sat in “red” on the map and showed an infection rate of 102.94 positive cases per 100,000 residents on Thursday’s map. The Marshall County Health Department reported 40 new positive cases Thursday evening, bringing the county’s totals to 1,206 confirmed cases, 190 probable cases, 10 hospitalizations and 33 associated deaths.

Those counties were part of a rising trend throughout the United States. The U.S. recorded 3,157 deaths on Wednesday, according to statistics kept by Johns Hopkins University. That sprinted past the old mark of 2,603 set on April 15. The number of Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 also reached an all-time high Wednesday at more than 100,000, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Hancock and Brooke counties both were “orange” on Thursday’s state COVID map. Hancock County had an infection rate of 93.22 positive cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 6.93. Brooke County had an infection rate of 89.96 positive cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 7.94.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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