Wheeling-Ohio Health Department reports second COVID-19 related death

Coronavirus

WHEELING, WV (WOAY) – Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing the second death of an Ohio County resident from complications related to COVID-19. The individual was hospitalized at the time of their death.

Currently, this death would make for the 96th death in West Virginia due to COVID-19.  The WV DHHR death count as of 10 am did not reflect this new death.

Currently, the health department reports a total of 135 positive cases, including two deaths. Case surveillance contact tracing and monitoring continue for many of the reported cases.

Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wear a face-covering when out in public, indoors or at work, wash your hands frequently and contact your personal physician if you become ill with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is reminding Ohio Valley residents that if you are tested for COVID-19 that you are to remain in home isolation until you receive negative test results. Individuals who test positive will be contacted by a county health department and receive further instructions in regard to care and monitoring.

You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19 before arriving at the facility.

This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

The off-site Wheeling Hospital COVID-19 testing clinic continues operations. Ohio Valley residents who are interested in being tested at this location should call the on-call number at (304) 221-3995. Testing is also available at Doctor’s Urgent Care, call (304) 232-0725 for more information. MedExpress is also testing for COVID-19, for more information call (304) 242-4228.

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