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2 More COVID-Related Deaths in Ohio County

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported two more deaths related to COVID-19 in its Tuesday night update.

Both people who died were hospitalized at the time of their passing, the report stated. The county also announced 22 new positive cases. That brings Ohio County’s totals to 3,075 cases and 54 deaths.

The Marshall County Health Department reported 17 new confirmed positive COVID cases, along with seven new probable cases. That brings that county’s totals to 1,938 confirmed cases, 474 probable cases, 11 hospitalizations and 53 associated deaths.

All four Northern Panhandle counties remained in “red,” the highest-risk category, on Tuesday’s COVID-19 alert map from the Department of Health and Human Resources. All four counties had percent positivity rates in the double digits. If any of those counties want to move into “orange” — one step better than “red” and a category that would allow all schools in those counties to reopen under current guidelines — they need to reach a percent positivity under 8 percent.

Those counties also could move to “orange” with an infection rate under 25 cases per 100,000 residents, but none of those four counties had a rate Tuesday under 69.67.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 77.35 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 10.46. Brooke County had an infection rate of 69.67 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 12.29.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 81.07 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 10.83. Marshall County had an infection rate of 87.50 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 13.48.

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