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Ohio County Reports 65th COVID-19 Death

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 Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported another COVID-19-related death in its Friday night update, the 65th such death in the county since the pandemic began.

The county also announced 15 new COVID cases, bringing that total to 3,679. The Marshall County Health Department had not updated its Facebook page with its latest numbers as of 10:15 p.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, the number of counties in red, the highest-risk category, on the state’s COVID-19 alert map has continued to dwindle.

On Friday, they had nearly disappeared.

Only one county, Hampshire, was red on Friday’s Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 alert map. Conversely, 14 counties were green on that map, which put them in its safest category.

The four counties of the Northern Panhandle were somewhere in between. Hancock and Brooke counties both were gold, while Ohio and Marshall counties both were orange. Both of those colors, if they stay that way on Sunday’s map, will allow all school students in those counties to return to in-person learning.

Overall, 18 counties were orange, 11 counties were gold and 11 counties were yellow on Friday’s map.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 14.38 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.17 on Friday’s map. Brooke County had an infection rate of 19.53 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.46.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 25.53 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 5.07. Marshall County had an infection rate of 33.69 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 6.62.

In Ohio, the Belmont County Health Department reported 5,157 positive cases since the pandemic began. Fifty-nine people are hospitalized, and 93 residents have died after being infected.

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