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COVID-19 Cases Continue Climbing Around 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)

WHEELING — Nearly 200 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last week, many of them children.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department on Sunday reported 194 new COVID cases between Sept. 5 and Sunday.

Of those cases, 75 were children. The department also reported two new COVID-related deaths.

There have been 35 cases of the delta variant reported in Ohio County, along with 86 cases of the alpha variant and two of the gamma variant. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 dashboard, Ohio County has reported 3,762 confirmed positive cases, 1,412 probable cases and 91 related deaths, since the pandemic began.

In the Marshall County Health Department’s latest report Friday, it announced the COVID-related death of a 54-year-old man hospitalized at the time of his passing. It also reported 34 new confirmed cases and 19 new probable cases.

According to the DHHR’s dashboard, Marshall County has reported 3,099 confirmed cases, 1,283 probable cases and 91 related deaths.

All but eight counties in West Virginia were red, the highest-risk category on the DHHR’s COVID alert map. Ohio was one of those counties, among the five in orange. Two more were gold and one was yellow. Hancock, Brooke and Marshall counties all were in red.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 67.44 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 8.61, while Brooke County had an infection rate of 67.72 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 9.99. Ohio County had an infection rate of 61.75 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 7.15, while Marshall County had an infection rate of 86.10 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 10.94.

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