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WHEELING – Ohio County saw another significant increase in new cases of COVID-19 between last week and the week before, according to the Wheeling-Ohio County Department of Health.

The department reported 701 new cases on Sunday between January 2 and Sunday. This is an increase from 502 cases the week before and 212 cases the week before. There has also been a significant increase in cases in children. Ohio County reported 111 cases in children last week, up from 58 the week before and 38 the week before.

The county health department also reported four COVID-related deaths last week.

WOCHD administrator Howard Gamble said earlier this week that such increases were no surprises during the holiday season.

The Marshall County Health Department reported 254 new confirmed positive cases of COVID, 93 probable cases and four related deaths between December 30 and Thursday. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 dashboard, Ohio County has reported 6,389 confirmed cases, 1,999 probable cases and 131 related deaths since the start of the pandemic. Marshall County has reported 4,729 confirmed cases, 1,861 probable cases and 134 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Ohio County schools announced on Sunday that students and staff will wear masks again this week, in line with the district’s COVID-19 policy.

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