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8 More COVID Vaccination Clinics Set for Ohio County

Wednesday is the first chance for Ohio County residents age 80 and older to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It is far from the last.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department on Tuesday announced eight more COVID vaccination clinics for Ohio County residents 80 and older. The department received 650 doses of Moderna vaccine to distribute.

The new clinics will be held daily from Jan. 7-14 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with appointments every 10 minutes. To book an appointment, call 304-234-3756 starting 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Please bring a photo ID, including proof of age and residency, like a West Virginia driver’s license.

To help maintain social distancing, please come to your appointment at the time scheduled, you do not need to arrive early.

The Marshall County Health Department said it received 150 doses of the vaccine — it wasn’t chosen to receive extra doses — and will hold a clinic near the end of the week.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 surge in the Northern Panhandle has forced Wheeling Hospital to install a semi-permanent tent outside the hospital’s emergency-trauma department.

“The tent, which will open Wednesday, will hold 15 non-COVID ER overflow patients,” Wheeling Hospital CEO Douglass Harrison said. “It has flooring installed, is heated, has hot and cold running water, computer hookups and phone lines. The patients will be comfortable and receive treatment in a much more timely manner.”

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported one new COVID-related death of someone who was hospitalized at the time of their passing, along with 20 new positive cases. That brings the county’s totals to 2,818 cases and 47 deaths.

The Marshall County Health Department reported one new COVID-related death, a 74-year-old woman who was hospitalized at the time of her passing, as well as 16 new positive and 13 probable cases. That brings the county’s totals to 1,830 confirmed cases, 409 probable cases, five hospitalizations and 52 associated deaths.

Statewide, there were no counties that weren’t in the two highest-risk categories on Tuesday’s Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 alert map. Only seven — Roane, Calhoun, Clay, Lewis, Randolph, Tucker and McDowell — were “orange,” the second-highest-risk category. The rest of the 55 counties, including all four in the Northern Panhandle, were “red,” the highest-risk category.

Mass Text on Wednesday Vaccinations Had False Info

A mass text on the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department’s Wednesday COVID-19 vaccination clinic contains false information, the department announced Tuesday morning.

The department was alerted Tuesday about a mass text announcement claiming residents age 80 and older did not need an appointment for Wednesday’s clinic. That is false. At this time, all COVID-19 vaccinations are done by appointment.

The department stated it has not sent out any mass text announcements. The numbers from the mass text announcement are not from a 304 area code. The department said for residents to not come for a COVID-19 vaccination unless they have an appointment with a time.

Wednesday’s clinic will be held by appointment from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the City/County Building at 1500 Chapline St. in Wheeling.

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