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Hancock County Goes Green on West Virginia COVID-19 Map

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

The number of green counties on West Virginia’s Sunday COVID-19 alert kept rising — and a Northern Panhandle county joined the party.

Meanwhile, the map was totally absent of red counties for the first time in a long time.

Hancock County was one of 15 counties on Sunday’s Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 alert map that was in the state’s safest category.

The lineup also included 13 yellow counties, 12 gold counties and 15 orange counties.

Brooke County was yellow, Ohio County was gold and Marshall County was orange on Sunday’s map. Hancock County had an infection rate of 8.93 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 2.91. Brooke County had an infection rate of 16.28 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 3.90.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 20.70 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.25. Marshall County had an infection rate of 25.73 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 5.15.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced 13 new positive COVID-19 cases between Saturday and Sunday. That brought the county’s totals to 3,692 cases and 65 related deaths.

The Marshall County Health Department announced three new confirmed positive cases and one probable case in its Sunday night report. That brought that county’s totals to 2,283 confirmed cases, 610 probable cases, four hospitalizations and 61 associated deaths.

A couple of COVID testing programs sponsored by Wheeling Hospital will be on hold Tuesday. The testing site at the former Ohio Valley Medical Center will be closed Tuesday due to anticipated inclement weather. The registration hotline also will be closed. The Marshall County Health Department canceled its free COVID testing on Monday due to impending bad weather.

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