COVID-19 cases near 500 as county hits another record

Credit Chris Potter  90.5 WESA

Friday evening, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced five new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's total since the pandemic's beginning to 85, with one death. A woman in her 80s from Cass County with underlying health conditions is the state's 79th death.

She implored residents and businesses to follow public health directives, including wearing face coverings in public and keeping six feet away from others.

Marshall County saw its highest increase of COVID-19 cases this week since May, and the first rise in cases since April. Many people who have tested positive through contact tracing may not have symptoms, said Bob Lutz, Spokane County Health Officer in a SRHD news release.

In addition to the 23 O'ahu cases, DOH identified two new Kaua'i cases associated with a known cluster reported last week, one case on Maui, and a case on Hawai'i Island associated with travel to Georgia.

None were hospitalized. Four live in Commissioner District 1, which includes Centralia and surrounding areas, and one lives in District 3, which includes East Lewis County.

An update from the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team said the total number of confirmed positive cases remains at 36. The daily rate exceeded the 3.9 percent 14-day average, continuing the recent trend after weeks of relative stability. 4,831 people have tested negative for COVID-19 in the County.

1 new death has been reported since Saturday.

Nationwide, more than 44,000 new cases were reported Saturday, the second day in a row they reached more than 40,000.

The percentage of people testing positive for the virus each day also ticked upward, increasing from 6.3% on June 19 to 9.2% on Sunday, according to data released by the county.