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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries on Way as Case Numbers Keep Improving in Northern Panhandle

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)

A third COVID-19 vaccine is coming to the United States this week, as the country gets another boost in the fight against the virus. Meanwhile, COVID metrics in the Northern Panhandle and across the state continue to show promise.

Nearly 4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine were shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday.

The White House said the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately.

Johnson & Johnson will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and 100 million total by the end of June, but the distribution would be backloaded.

Though the new shot is easier to administer and requires only one dose, the administration is not altering its distribution plans.

The White House is encouraging Americans to take the first dose available to them, regardless of manufacturer.

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted overwhelmingly Sunday to recommend the vaccine for adults 18 years old and up. The ruling followed emergency clearance of the vaccine by U.S. regulators a day earlier.

Members of the group emphasized that all three vaccines now available in the U.S. are highly protective against the worst effects of the virus, including hospitalization and death.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported 10 new positive COVID-19 cases between Saturday and Sunday in its Sunday night update. That put the county’s totals at 3,792 cases and 65 associated deaths since the pandemic began.

The Marshall County Health Department had not posted its latest COVID-19 numbers on its Facebook page as of 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

All four counties in the Northern Panhandle remained in the two safest categories on the Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 alert map on Sunday. Marshall County was in green, the safest category, while Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties were in yellow, the second safest.

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