Free COVID-19 Testing Clinic

Posted 05/29/20

On Friday and Saturday, June 5 & 6, 2020, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will be holding a Free COVID-19 Testing Clinic at Laughlin Chapel, 129 ½ 18th Street, Wheeling, WV 26003.  This open clinic is for those with or without symptoms and no insurance is needed.  Participants need to bring a driver’s license, photo ID or other proof of address.  Patients under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a mass drive up test...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (5/27/20 4:00pm)

Posted 05/27/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Wednesday May 27, 2020 (4:00pm)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 41 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues for many of the reported cases. Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at ...

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WOCHD Job Announcement

Posted 05/26/20

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Open Positions   The WOCHD is seeking individuals to fill the following open positions at the health department and in the agency’s WIC Program: NURSE I (Health Department) HEALTH & HUMAN RESOURCES ASSOCIATE (Threat Preparedness Director, Ohio County) HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICE AIDE (WIC Program) NUTRITIONIST 1, 2, 3 (WIC Program, two positions available) These positions are full time (40 hours a week) and are considered...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (5/25/20 4:00pm)

Posted 05/25/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Monday, May 25, 2020 (4:00pm)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 40 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues for many of the reported cases. Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at ho...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (5/24/20 3:30pm)

Posted 05/24/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Sunday, May 24, 2020 (3:30pm)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 39 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues for many of the reported cases. Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at ho...

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WV COVID-19 Reopening Guide (5/22/20)

Posted 05/22/20

West Virginia Strong – The Comeback   Current schedule:​ Week 1:​ Thursday, April 30 – Sunday, May 3 (underway)​ Week 2: Monday, May 4 – Sunday, May 10 (underway) Week 3: Monday, May 11 – Sunday, May 17 (underway) Week 4: Monday, May 18 – Sunday, May 24 (underway) Week 5: Monday, May 25 – Sunday, May 31 Week 6: Monday, June 1 – Sunday, June 7 Week 7: Monday, June 8 – Sunday, June 14 Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (May 21, 2020 2:30pm)

Posted 05/21/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Thursday, May 21, 2020 (2:30pm) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 38 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (5/15/20)

Posted 05/15/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Friday, May 15, 2020 (10:00am) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 38 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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 ...

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Required Universal Face Coverings To Reduce Spread Of COVID-19 in West Virginia

Posted 05/13/20

Required Universal Face Coverings To Reduce Spread Of COVID-19 in West Virginia With the opening of several businesses in West Virginia the Governor’s opening guides have specific requirements for employees and guests, including the wearing of masks or cloth face coverings. Small businesses with 10 or fewer employees:  Require employees to wear PPE when appropriate, with special considerations for those employees that come into contact with the general public. Restaurants with takeaw...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (5/9/20 12noon)

Posted 05/09/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Saturday, May 9, 2020 (12:00noon)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 35 positive cases, including one death (a previous case was ruled out as a case following further testing).  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues for many of the reported cases. Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are ...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (5/6/20 5:00pm)

Posted 05/06/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, May 6, 2020 (5:00pm)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 35 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues for many of the reported cases. Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at ...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (5/5/20 10:00am)

Posted 05/05/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (10:00am) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 34 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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 ...

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COVID-19 Case Reporting

Posted 05/04/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Monday, May 4, 2020   The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department currently reports new COVID-19 cases, current COVID-19 positive case totals and associate deaths from COVID-19.  The department does not report “recovered” cases. If an individual test for COVID-19 and is found to be positive it is reported the county health department.  The department then begins case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring.  Once...

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COVID-19 Hot Spot Changes - Ohio County

Posted 05/04/20

Hot Spot Changes – Ohio County 5/4/2020   This weekend West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced that he has issued an Executive Order removing Jackson, Kanawha, and Ohio counties from the list of COVID-19 community clusters or “hotspots” in West Virginia. Previously outdoor activities were limited to five (5) person in Ohio County under the “hotspot” designation.  Under the “Safer at Home” update, public gatherings over 25 are prohibited.  Social distancing o...

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COVID-19 WV Safer at Home Order

Posted 05/04/20

Frequently Asked Questions:  Safer at Home West Virginia   West Virginia’s success at slowing the spread of COVID-19 means the “Stay at Home” order issued March 23 is being replaced with a new Executive Order from Gov. Justice, “Safer at Home.”   What does this mean? West Virginians are still strongly encouraged to leave home only for essential activities. Staying at home remains critically important for seniors, people with compromised immune systems,...

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COVID-19 Positive Cases (5/3/20 10:00am)

Posted 05/03/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Friday, May 3, 2020 (10:00am) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing two (2) new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 33 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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 ...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (5/2/20 11:00am)

Posted 05/02/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Friday, May 2, 2020 (11:00am) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 30 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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 p...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (5/1/20 4:30pm)

Posted 05/01/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Friday, May 1, 2020 (4:30pm) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 29 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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 po...

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COVID-19 Positive Care (5/1/20 10:30am)

Posted 05/01/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Friday, May 1, 2020 (10:30am) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 28 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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 p...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (4/29/20 2:00pm)

Posted 04/29/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, April 29, 2020 (2:00pm) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one (1) new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 27 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues for many of the reported cases. Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home w...

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COVID-19 Religious and Funeral Home Reopening Guidelines

Posted 04/29/20

Per Governor Jim Justice’s Executive Order 9-20, religious entities, including religious facilities, entities, groups, and religious gatherings, including weddings and funerals including funeral homes, are “essential business operations” and have been allowed to remain open and serve their community. These religious entities and institutions have, at all times, and will continue to be, urged to practice proper physical distancing. Religious entities and institutions have been asked, wherev...

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COVID-19 Small Business Reopening Guidelines

Posted 04/29/20

In preparing a place of business to return employees to work, small businesses of ten or fewer employees should consider adopting rules and regulations to protect their employees and customers. These guidelines are being published in advance of Governor Justice’s Executive Order — currently anticipated to be effective as of the week of May 4, 2020 — that will allow small businesses with 10 or fewer employees to begin reopening

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COVID-19 Restaurant Reopening Guidelines

Posted 04/29/20

Per Governor Jim Justice’s Executive Order 2-20, restaurants have been allowed to remain open, by drive-through or carry out only, to serve their patrons. These establishments have, at all times, and will continue to be, urged to implement and practice proper physical distancing. To date, restaurants across the state have abided by these orders, have served their communities well and worked to keep the citizens of West Virginia safe. Under Gov. Justice’s reopening plan, West Virginia Stro...

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COVID-19 Food Service Operation Re-Opening Request (Ohio County)

Posted 04/28/20

For food service operations and restaurants in Ohio County that are planning to offer outdoor dining starting May 4, 2020, please contact the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. Health Department staff and Inspectors would like to know which facilities will be choosing to offer outdoor dinning and if any additional inspection or review is necessary before opening. Most food service operations and restaurants have been in operation, offering curb side, take out, delivery or pick up food...

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COVID-19 Positive Case in Nursing Home

Posted 04/28/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, April 28, 2020 (4:00pm) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing a positive COVID-19 case in a staff member at Peterson Healthcare and Rehabilitation Hospital.  The employee was identified during testing as part of the statewide testing order from Governor Justice.  The employee was asymptomatic at the time of testing and was practicing proper COVID-19 infection prevention procedures at the facility.  The emplo...

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Outpatient Healthcare PPE for reopening

Posted 04/28/20

Outpatient healthcare operations, such as Primary Care offices, Dentistry, Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy, Psychological/Mental Health, Podiatry, Optometry and others that are planning to open starting the week of May 4, 2020 (or when feasible) can contact the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department to get a small supply of masks & gloves. Face coverings, including procedure masks/N95 or cloth face coverings, should be worn when social distancing is difficult to maintain, especially...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (4/24/20 5:00pm)

Posted 04/24/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Friday, April 24, 2020 (5:00pm) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 26 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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 po...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (4/23/20 8:30am)

Posted 04/23/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, April 23, 2020 (8:30am) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 25 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (4/22/20 8:00am)

Posted 04/22/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, April 22, 2020 (8:00am) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 24 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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...

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COVID-19 Positive Case 4/19/20 (3:30pm)

Posted 04/19/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Sunday, April 19, 2020 (3:30pm) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department reports 23 positive cases, including one death.  Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring continues 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 po...

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COVID-19 Universal Face Coverings

Posted 04/17/20

Health Department Recommends Universal Face Coverings To Reduce Spread Of COVID-19 The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department strongly supports the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that everyone wear non-medical face coverings in public settings. This recommendation was made as a way to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 and should not replace the recommendations to practice social distancing (staying 6 feet apart), to stay home, and to frequentl...

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COVID-19 Reported Death (Ohio County)

Posted 04/13/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Monday, April 13, 2020 (8:00am)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing the first death of an Ohio County resident from complications related to COVID-19.  The individual, who had underlying health conditions, was hospitalized at the time of their death.  Currently, the health department is monitoring 22 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are adv...

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COVID-19 Executive Order 24-20 Ohio County

Posted 04/11/20

Executive Order 9-20 issued by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on March 16, 2020 ordered the following in regard to COVID-19: Stay at home or your place of residence Non-essential businesses and operations must temporarily cease operations Essential businesses and operations shall continue to operate Prohibited certain activities Avoid social gatherings Provided enforcement and duration specifics Executive Order 24-20 issued on April 10, 2020 was ordered due to increasi...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (4/9/20 3:30pm)

Posted 04/09/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Monday, April 9, 2020 (3:30pm)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department is monitoring 21 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your perso...

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COVID-19 Positive Cases

Posted 04/09/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Monday, April 9, 2020 (10:00am)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department is monitoring 20 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your pers...

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COVID-19 New CDC Guidance for Infrastructure Workers

Posted 04/09/20

Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confrmed COVID-19 To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community. A potential exposure means being a hous...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (4/8/20 10am)

Posted 04/08/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Monday, April 8, 2020 (10:00am)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department is monitoring 19 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your pers...

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COVID-19 Positive Cases (4:00pm 4/6/20)

Posted 04/06/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Monday, April 6, 2020 (4:00pm)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing two new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department is monitoring 18 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your perso...

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COVID-19 Positive Case

Posted 04/06/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Monday, April 6, 2020 (11:30am)   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department is monitoring 16 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your pers...

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COVID-19 Social Distancing Reminder

Posted 04/06/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Monday, April 6, 2020   Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is reminding residents of the need to continue the practice of safe distancing when going to essential stores and facilities. Stores like Target, Lowes, Walmart, Kroger and other similar essential service operations are open.  Residents need to remain at least 6 feet apart, practice hand hygiene and wear a cloth face covering. Special food venues that have t...

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COVID-19 New Positive Case (4/4/20)

Posted 04/04/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Saturday, April 4, 2020 (2:30pm) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing two new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department is monitoring 14 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your personal phys...

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COVID-19 Positive Case Update 4/3/20 (12noon)

Posted 04/03/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Friday, April 3, 2020 (12:00noon) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department is monitoring 11 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your personal phy...

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COVID-19 Testing and Isolation Reminder

Posted 04/03/20

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 contact by a county health department and receive further instructions in regards 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 appoin...

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COVID-19 WVDHHR 4/2/20 Update

Posted 04/03/20

COVID-19 Daily Update - 4-2-2020 4/2/2020 The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed 26 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 217. DHHR is the official reporting agency for COVID-19, which in turn provides official case numbers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medical providers and laboratories are required to report positi...

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COVID-19 WVDHHR Update 3/31/20

Posted 03/31/20

COVID-19 Daily Update - 3-31-2020 3/31/2020 The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed 17 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 162. DHHR is the official reporting agency for COVID-19, and in turn provides official case numbers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medical providers are required to report test results to their l...

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FREE TETANUS VACCINE FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY FLOODING

Posted 03/31/20

FREE TETANUS VACCINE FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY FLOODING Tuesday March 31, 2020 The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is offering free tetanus vaccine for those impacted by recent flooding. The health department reminds residents and responders who are assisting with flood cleanup should confirm they’re up to date on their tetanus vaccination.  If you have been working in flood cleanup, have been in contact with mud, water or other items and had a possible exposure, call the health dep...

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COVID-19 Positive Cases (March 30, 2020)

Posted 03/30/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Monday, March 30, 2020 (4:00noon) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing three (3) new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department is monitoring 10 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your person...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (March 29, 2020 12noon)

Posted 03/29/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Friday, March 29, 2020 (12:00noon) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County.  Currently, the health department is monitoring 7 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your personal phy...

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COVID-19 Positive Case (March 27, 2020 4pm)

Posted 03/27/20

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Friday, March 27, 2020 (4:00pm) Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing one new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County. Currently, the health department is monitoring 6 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your personal physician if...

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COVID-19 New Positive Cases (March 27, 2020 8:00am)

Posted 03/27/20

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing three new positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County. Currently, the health department is monitoring 5 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, work at home where possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your personal physician if you become ill with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. The off-site Wheeling Hospita...

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COVID-19 New Positive Cases (March 26, 2020)

Posted 03/26/20

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing a new positive COVID-19 case in Ohio County. Currently, there are three cases being reported for the county. The new case is a female who was tested on March 24 and came back positive on March 26. The patient is currently at home.  The other two cases for Ohio County are reported in good health and at home. The health department is conducting contact investigation with the patient and will be monitoring their general health. All confirmed c...

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Positive Rabies Cases - Woodsdale Area of Wheeling

Posted 03/26/20

Rabies Case Reported by Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department WHEELING, WV –Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was found in the Woodsdale area of Wheeling. The raccoon preliminary tested positive for rabies March 23, 2020 and was confirmed on March 26, 2020. This is the second laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2020. In 2019 two positive rabies cases (raccoon and groundhog) were found in O...

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COVID-19 WVDHHR Update March 25, 2020

Posted 03/26/20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed 12 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported to the state, making the total positive case count at 51. New cases were identified in Jackson, Kanawha, Logan, Marion, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Putnam and Raleigh counties. A new case previously identified as a Hancock county resident is instead a resident of Jefferson County, Ohio. The state breakdown of cases by county are two indivi...

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COVID-19 Positive Cases Reported

Posted 03/25/20

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing two positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County. The first case is a female who was tested on March 23 and came back positive on March 24.  The patient is currently at home. The second case is a male who was test on March 17 and came back positive on March 25. The health department is conducting contact investigation with the patients and will be monitoring their general health.  All confirmed cases are isolated and close contacts are qu...

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COVID-19 Testing Criteria (Updated March 24, 2020)

Posted 03/24/20

COVID-19 Testing Criteria (Updated March 24, 2020) Patients who do not meet any of the below criteria for COVID-19 testing should be managed as clinically indicated, including the decision to proceed with testing at a clinical or commercial laboratory. COVID-19 testing is now available through a limited number of commercial laboratories and availability through hospital and reference labs will continue to grow. Patients wh...

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COVID-19 Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Operations

Posted 03/24/20

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department remains open for ESSENTIAL SERVICES by APPOINTMENT ONLY. We ask that you please call us at (304) 234-3682 to schedule an appointment or for other public health needs. COVID-19 testing continues at the off-site testing clinic at Wheeling Park (near pool) from 10am-4pm.  The testing clinic is for symptomatic at risk patients.  Those wishing to be tested can either call the hospital’s COVID-19 on call number at (304) 221-3995 or contact your primary...

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COVID-19 Stay at Home Order - WOCHD Recommendations

Posted 03/24/20

Following the Stay at Home Order, which was announced on Monday, March 24th by the Governor of West Virginia, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department has received a lot of calls asking for clarification or recommendations on how this order applies to a business. In short, the order is issued to assist with the reduction in cases of COVID-19 in the community.  This is done by limiting movements of residents from outside of their homes. We understand we all must go out to get our essenti...

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COVID-19 Stay At Home Order

Posted 03/23/20

According to Homeland Security, the following industries are considered essential to the infrastructure of the country: Healthcare and public health Communications Emergency services Chemical Government facilities Critical manufacturing Commercial facilities Dams Defense industrial base Energy Financial Food and agriculture Nuclear reactors, materials, and waste Information technology Transportation systems Water Essential businesses in West V...

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COVID-19 Ohio County Off Site Testing Clinic Update

Posted 03/22/20

Wheeling Hospital Opening Off-Site COVID-19 Testing WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital off-site symptomatic Testing Center for COVID-19 will continue starting March 23, 2020.  The regional center will handle patients from all of the area’s hospitals in the WVU Medicine System including Harrison Community, Reynolds Memorial, Barnesville and Wetzel Community. The drive-through swab tests will be conducted in emergency medical tents set up in the Wheeling Park parking lot, near the pool. Nurse...

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COVID-19 WVDHHR Update - 3-21-2020

Posted 03/22/20

CORRECTION: A NEW CASE PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED AS A KANAWHA COUNTY RESIDENT IS INSTEAD A PUTNAM COUNTY RESIDENT. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed four new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the state, making the total positive case count at twelve. New cases were identified in Putnam, Marshall, and Mercer counties. The state breakdown of cases by county are two individuals from Jefferson County, one individual from Jackson C...

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COVID-19 Closure of Barbershops and Salons

Posted 03/20/20

CLOSURE OF BARBERSHOPS AND SALONS During his remarks on 3/19/2020, the Governor of the State of West Virginia announced that he has issued an Executive Order, mandating the statewide closure of all barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons. Click here to view the Executive Order This order will officially go into effect tonight at midnight on 3/19/2020....

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COVID-19 Restaurant and Bar Closure Notice Information

Posted 03/18/20

Following the announce from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice all restaurants, bars, and casinos are to close effective 11:59 p.m. on March 17, 2020.  ALL restaurants and bars can continue to operate with carry out and drive-thru only. This effort is to limit patrons from eating or drinking on the premises of a facility or establishment and to help with the overall public health efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Restaurants are defined as any food service establishment wi...

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COVID-19 Wheeling Hospital Testing Clinic Details

Posted 03/18/20

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital on Wednesday is opening its off-site symptomatic Testing Center for COVID-19. The regional center will handle patients from all of the area’s hospitals in the WVU Medicine System including Harrison Community, Reynolds Memorial, Barnesville and Wetzel Community. The drive-through swab tests will be conducted in emergency medical tents set up in the Wheeling Park parking lot, near the pool. Nurses and lab personnel from Wheeling Hospital will be on-site, assiste...

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COVID-19 Testing Criteria (updated 3/16/2020)

Posted 03/16/20

WV Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 Testing Criteria Updated March 16, 2020 NOTE: Testing supply shortages mean that testing criteria may need to change through this event. Public health consultation should always be sought before submitting specimens. The WV Office of Laboratory Services (OLS) Specimen collection guidance and the Specimen submission form can be found at www.coronavirus.wv.gov. Individuals currently prioritized for testing by the WVBPH Office of Lab Serv...

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COVID-19 WOCHD Food School changes

Posted 03/16/20

All in-person food schools held by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department (at the City/County Building or at an off site location) are cancelled until further notice.  Individuals needing food handler training can access one of three on-line training programs. Online Food Handler Programs.  The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department has partnered with www.statefoodsafety.com, www.TAPSeries.com and http://wvfoodhandlers.com  to offer online food service worker classes for purchase.  In...

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COVID-19 Mass Gathering Update

Posted 03/16/20

Guidance as of 3/15/2020 Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals. Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guid...

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COVID-19 Criteria for Laboratory Testing for COVID-19 - WV

Posted 03/12/20

UPDATED MARCH 12, 2020 Patients in West Virginia who meet the following criteria should be evaluated as a patient under investigation in association with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak: 1. Fever AND/OR signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) AND is any person, including health care workers, who has had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset. 2. Fever AND/OR signs/symptoms of lower respirat...

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Update

Posted 03/12/20

March 12, 2020 (8:00am) - As of March 11, 2020, West Virginia has tested 8 residents for COVID-19; 7 were negative and 1 is pending (at CDC). NO cases have been confirmed in West Virginia at this time.  Testing is being done in Ohio County and within our northern panhandle region.  Currently there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio County. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus designated SARS-CoV-2.The outbreak of C...

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COVID-19 Information Hotline Established to Address Coronavirus Disease 2019 Concerns

Posted 03/09/20

Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced the creation of an information hotline to address public and medical provider questions and concerns regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). “This hotline is yet another example of the proactive measures we’re taking to help our fellow West Virginians stay as safe as possible,” Gov. Justice said. “With this great tool, we’re going to be able to provide more people the knowle...

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COVID-19 Update

Posted 03/06/20

  March 6, 2020 - There are currently no confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in West Virginia or surrounding states. However, this is a rapidly evolving national situation and the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is prepared to act in the best interest of the citizens of Ohio County as necessary. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is actively working with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Department of Health...

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Interim Health Officer Appointed to Health Department

Posted 02/27/20

February 27, 2020 - The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health has appointed Thomas G. Wack, MD as Interim County Health Officer.  Dr. Wack will serve in the interim capacity while Dr. William C Mercer is on a temporary leave of absence.  Dr. Wack is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit College and West Virginia University School of Medicine.  Since 1977 Dr. Wack has practice medicine locally at the Oakwood Clinic Family Practice until retiring in 2012.  He is currently a preceptor for the Family Pra...

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2020 Ohio County Spring Clean-Up Announced

Posted 02/27/20

Clean Up has been postponed until a future day.   2020 Spring Clean –Up Tuesday, March 31 Wheeling Island Marina Parking Lot Saturday, April 4 Old Wheeling Dog Pound, Peninsula Street Tuesday, April 7 Patterson Ballfield Parking Lot Tuesday, April 7 Bethlehem Ballfield Parking Lot Tuesday, April 14 Garden Park, Richland Avenue, Warwood Saturday, April 18 Valley Grove Community Center Saturday, April 18 Triadelphia Town Building Tuesday, April 21 35th Street Ballfield, by Whe...

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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Update

Posted 02/26/20

Since the start of this outbreak, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department has taken a proactive approach to prepare and carefully monitor individuals  who may have been exposed to 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in West Virginia.  As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised this week, Americans need to be prepared for community spread of COVID-19. The Health Department is working to make sure our health systems, first responders and our public health partners have the ...

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Certified Food Protection Manager Training - WVNCC

Posted 02/14/20

Starting July 1, 2019 West Virginia will be using the 2013 FDA Food Code.  The 2013 Food Code requires all food establishments to have at least one management level employee who is certified in food protection by passing an ANSI-accredited exam. The health departments of the Northern Panhandle have teamed up with WVNCC to offer a ServSafe Certification Training to meet the new requirement. Certified Food Protection Manager  (CFPM)– at least one employee that has supervisory and manag...

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Ohio County Flu Update - 2/6/2020

Posted 02/06/20

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is seeing an increase in influenza related illnesses affecting schools throughout Ohio County as well as other county school systems in West Virginia.  The health department is working with school nursing personnel and school administrative staff to monitor cases.  The health department recognizes the challenges schools are faced during the influenza season and the balance between keeping the kids in school and parental pressure to close schools. I...

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department – coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Posted 02/03/20

WHEELING, WV –Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is monitoring two county residents who recently returned from China.  The health department is taking this action out of an abundance of caution.  This action is in response to the recently released federal guidance concerning monitoring US citizens who have recently returned to the US from China and the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). At this time, neither resident is considered a case and no testing has been done.  Both individua...

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Offering Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinics

Posted 01/30/20

WHEELING, WV – With an outbreak of Hepatitis A in parts of the United States, including West Virginia, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is offering Hepatitis A vaccinations at housing facilities throughout Ohio County. Hil-Dar, Thursday January 30, 2020 from 10am – 12noon Hil-Dar, Thursday January 30, 2020 from 2 – 4pm Riverview, Tuesday February 4, 2020 from 10am – 12noon Montani Tower, Tuesday February 18, 2020 from 2 – 4pm Booker T Washington, Thursday Feb...

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Positive Rabid Raccoon Identified in Ohio County

Posted 01/22/20

Rabies Case Reported by Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department - 1st Case for 2020 WHEELING, WV –Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies.  The raccoon was found in the downtown area of Wheeling near 12th Street and Main Street. The raccoon was collected on January 15, 2020 and preliminary tested positive for rabies on January 17, 2020 and was confirmed on January 22, 2020.  This is the first laboratory confirmed animal rabies...

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WVDHHR Announces New Breastfeeding Support App for WIC Participants

Posted 01/16/20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health is working to improve nutrition for babies and mothers with Pacify, an app that provides 24/7 breastfeeding support for participants of the West Virginia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). West Virginia WIC is the fifth WIC program in the nation to launch the free app. Pacify provides access to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants to address q...

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Federal Minimum Age for Tobacco Sales Increased

Posted 12/30/19

FDA - On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes – to anyone under 21. FDA will provide additional details on this issue as they become available.

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WVNCC and Health Department Team Up with Training

Posted 12/18/19

Starting July 1, 2019 West Virginia will be using the 2013 FDA Food Code.  The 2013 Food Code requires all food establishments to have at least one management level employee who is certified in food protection by passing an ANSI-accredited exam. The health departments of the Northern Panhandle have teamed up with WVNCC to offer a ServSafe Certification Training to meet the new requirement. Certified Food Protection Manager  (CFPM)– at least one employee that has supervisory and managem...

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New CDC Report: STDs Continue to Rise in the U.S.

Posted 10/08/19

October 8, 2019 – Growing threat of newborn deaths from syphilis Combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia reached an all-time high in the United States in 2018, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can have severe health consequences. Among the most tragic are newborn deaths related to congenital syphilis, which increased 22 percent fro...

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Urges Everyone to Refrain from Vaping

Posted 10/07/19

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health issued a health alert in August 2019 regarding vaping related lung illness. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department urges everyone to take this message seriously. Refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source, until current investigations are complete. The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, along with other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), local health departments...

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ANNUAL WREATH HANGING CEREMONY KICKS OFF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Posted 10/01/19

WHEELING, WV – Representatives from the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, West Virginia University Extension and Wheeling’s Think Pink organization will hold a wreath hanging ceremony at the City/County building for West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event will be held on October 2, 2019 at 2:00pm and marks the annual West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day and beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Similar ceremonies w...

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Special Conference on the Substance Use Crisis

Posted 09/26/19

Developing an Effective Community Response to the Substance Use Crisis Wednesday, October 16, 2019 10am-2pm Highlands Event Center, The Highlands Registration: https://cityofsolutionswheeling.eventbrite.com The Bernard McDonough Foundation is partnering with Marshall Health’s Addiction Sciences to convene community stakeholders across West Virginia to learn about evidence-based and innovative approaches found to be effective in reducing the impact of substance use. The four-hour work...

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Position Openings at WOCHD and WOCHD/WIC

Posted 09/25/19

Position Openings Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Office Assistant 2 – WOCHD Nurse 1, 2 & 3 – WOCHD (one position open) Nursing Director 1 – WOCHD Sanitarian 1, 2 and Registered Sanitarian/Health Inspector – WOCHD (one position open) Office Assistant 1 – WOCHD/WIC Nutritionist 1, 2 and 3 – WOCHD/WIC Health & Human Service Aide/Breastfeeding – WOCHD/WIC (two positions open) The WOCHD is seeking to fill several open positions.  Positions are...

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Positive Rabies Case Report by Health Department

Posted 09/13/19

Rabies Case Reported by Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department WHEELING, WV –Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing that a groundhog has tested positive for rabies.  The groundhog was found in the Dement Road area of Ohio County. The groundhog was collected on September 12, 2019 and tested positive for rabies on September 13, 2019.  This is the second laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2019. The occurrence of rabies in groundhogs is not common ...

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New Food Code for West Virginia

Posted 08/29/19

Starting July 1, 2019 West Virginia will be using the 2013 FDA Food Code.  Listed below are highlights of the changes. There are more changes than listed below. For a complete list please check https://www.fda.gov/food/fda-food-code/food-code-2013 Previously county health departments in West Virginia used the terms Critical and Non-Critical. Critical Violations refer to potential health hazards — problems in a restaurant that could cause customers to get sick. For example, food not...

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2019 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics Announced

Posted 08/29/19

WHEELING, WV – Ohio Valley residents who are in need of a flu shot can visit the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department to get their yearly seasonal flu vaccination. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will offer seasonal flu shots from 9:00-11:00am and again from 1:00-3:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays starting September 3, 2019. At this time, seasonal flu shots will be offered to individuals 6 months of age and older. Anyone interested in getting a flu shot should call the health d...

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2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Posted 08/15/19

The Ohio County Solid Waste Authority will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 8am to 1pm.  The collection will be held at the City of Wheeling Operations center in the Clator section of Wheeling.  (Take Wheeling Hospital exit, turn right at intersection, turn left onto Hunter Avenue and follow signs). Accepted items:  gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene, paint, paint thinner, used oil, used oil filters, varnish, transmission fluid, turpentine, light...

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Hepatitis A Case Identified in Food Service Employee - Marshall County

Posted 08/13/19

  The Marshall County Health Department (MCHD) has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker at KFC, 122 Lafayette Avenue in Moundsville, West Virginia. “While the risk of the disease transmission is very low, persons who have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A and who consumed food or drink at the restaurant between July 22, 2019 and August 5, 2019  should consider getting hepatitis A vaccine not more than two weeks after their exposure to help prevent infectio...

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Board of Health Approves Recommendation for Required Seasonal Flu Vaccination for All Health Care Workers

Posted 08/13/19

During the July 2019 Board of Health meeting the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health  approved recommendations for required seasonal flu immunizations for health care workers in Ohio County. The recommendations are for all health care facilities (hospitals, clinics, facilities, physician offices) in Ohio County. A health care worker working in a health care facility in Ohio County shall receive an annual influenza immunization by November 1st (or prior to the beginning of the designated...

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International Travel Clinic

Posted 08/06/19

Travel can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to learn more about our world and its people, but there can be health risks when traveling and living in some parts of the world. You should have a review of your travel plan if you plan to travel out of the country. This will help prepare you for any health risks that might arise on your trip. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Travel Vaccination Clinic is here to assist Ohio Valley travelers. The travel clinic provides a travel assessment,...

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Notice - United Dairy Chocolate Milk Issue

Posted 07/23/19

  WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is issuing a notice concerning an issue with milk sold locally in the area. The health department has been investigating an issue affecting chocolate milk produced by United Dairy in Martins Ferry Ohio.  At this time if you have any of the following chocolate milk products, please discard. United or Great Value (Walmart) half gallon nonfat chocolate milk, best by date of July 28. Great Value (Walmart) gallon 1% low...

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2019 Rabies Bait Drop Announced for Local Areas

Posted 07/22/19

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Announces Rabies Bait Drop for Local Areas WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is advising residents of Ohio County and the Northern Panhandle that a raccoon rabies bait drop will be conducted beginning August 22, 2019 to September 5, 2019. Raccoons in West Virginia will get another dose of rabies vaccine as part of an ongoing multi-agency effort to create a rabies barrier across the state, extending from the northern panhandle t...

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Ohio County Tire Collection - 2019

Posted 07/08/19

The WV Department of Environmental Protection will host a tire collection on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the WVDEP Parking Lot at 131 Peninsula Street in Wheeling WV.  Residents can discard up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia identification for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. Tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 17 inches or less, will be accepted. Only tires from state residents will be accepted. ...

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FREE TETANUS VACCINE FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY FLOODING

Posted 06/21/19

The Marshall County Health Department and the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is offering free tetanus vaccine for those impacted by recent flooding. The health department reminds residents and responders who are assisting with flood cleanup should confirm they’re up to date on their tetanus vaccination. Adults should get vaccinated for tetanus every 10 years and pregnant women should obtain a shot during every pregnancy. Residents should avoid contact with floodwater. Floodwat...

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New WIC Income Guidelines

Posted 05/22/19

DHHR Announces New WIC Income Guidelines 5/21/2019 The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Office of Nutrition Services, today announced new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The new guidelines indicate a family of four can earn $47,638 and still qualify for WIC program benefits. This amounts to a $1,203 increase from last year and will allow more W...

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MMR Vaccination Recommendations and Clarifications Regarding Adults

Posted 05/06/19

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department provides clarification regarding MMR vaccination recommendations in adults. Background:  Most adults in the U.S. are at low risk for measles. From January 1 to May 3, 2019, 764 cases were reported to CDC. Of these, 195 (26%) measles cases were reported in adults ≥18years of age.  70% of adult cases were associated with close-knit communities and 46% of adult cases were reported in NY (NNDSS) From 2001-2015, the reported incidence for adults ...

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2019 Northern Panhandle Regional Public Health Conference

Posted 05/03/19

WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will host the annual Northern Panhandle Regional Public Health Conference on June 7, 2019, at the Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center. This year’s conference is sponsored by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. The annual Public Health conference will feature speakers and topics on: WV State Senator William Ihlenfeld Eric Dotseth - West Virginia State Public Health Entomologist Dr. Timothy Lefeber ...

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Position Opening at the WOCHD

Posted 04/09/19

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department has a position opening for an Office Assistant 2. This is a full time, day shift position.  The Office Assistant 2, under general supervision, will perform full performance level clerical duties primarily within the environmental side of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department.  Applicant should be familiar with using Microsoft office suite and general office equipment.  Applicant will answer general and program specific telephone calls, screen...

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Ohio County Rabies Vaccination Clinics - 2019

Posted 03/27/19

WHEELING, WV – The Ohio County Rabies Vaccination Clinics will begin on July 1, 2019 and will continue to July 11th. The clinics, sponsored by the Ohio County Animal Control & the Ohio County Commission, are for the vaccination of family pets. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department urges all Ohio County pet owners to take advantage of this low cost clinic and get their family pet vaccinated against rabies. Clinics are operated from 5:00pm -7:00pm and all animals must be on a leash ...

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Ohio County Residents Urged Not to Ground Feed Wild Animals

Posted 03/20/19

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Urges Residents Not to Ground Feed Wild and Domestic Animals WHEELING, WV –With the recent discovery of a positive raccoon rabies case the health department is urging all City residents not to ground feed wild and domestic animals, especially in residential areas.  The positive raccoon rabies case was found in the Woodsdale area of Wheeling on March 15, 2019.  This is the first laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2019.  In 20...

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Foodborne Outbreak Response Course

Posted 03/18/19

The health department's of the Northern Panhandle along with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will host a special training event on May 14-15, 2019 from 8:0oam-5:00pm at the Highlands Event Center.  . Team Approach to Foodborne Outbreak Response course identifies how the skills, resources and expertise of all levels of government can be effectively connected to improve collaboration during a foodborne outbreak within an integrated national food safety...

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Positive Rabies Case Reported

Posted 03/15/19

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing that a wild raccoon has tested positive for rabies.  The raccoon was found in the Woodsdale/Edgewood Street area in Wheeling.  The raccoon was collected on March 14, 2019 and tested positive for rabies on March 15, 2019.  This is the first laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2019.  The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and other county health departments in West Virginia, along with the United States Departm...

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2019 Ohio County Spring Clean Up

Posted 03/13/19

2019 Spring Clean –Up Tuesday, April 2 - 35th Street Ballfield, Wheeling Saturday, April 6 - Old Wheeling Dog Pound, Peninsula Street Tuesday, April 9 - Garden Park, Warwood Saturday, April 13 - West Liberty Christian Church Saturday, April 13 - Clearview Community Center Tuesday April 16 - Pleasanton Playground near Wheeling Jesuit Saturday, April 27 - Triadelphia Town Building Saturday, April 27 - Valley Grove Community Center Tuesday, April 30 - Bethlehem Ball Field Parking Lot ...

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Grant to Provide Stop the Bleed kits to County Schools

Posted 01/10/19

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and the Wheeling-Ohio County Emergency Management Agency received a $16,749.40 grant from the Fitzsimmons Foundation for the purchase of “Stop the Bleed” kits.  The grant will allow the Ohio County EMA and health department to purchase 30 kits that will be placed in 18 schools throughout the county. These schools include: Bridge Street Middle School, Triadelphia Middle School, Warwood Middle School, Wheeling Middle School, Bethlehem Elementary S...

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Prescription Drug Disposal Kits

Posted 01/08/19

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is now providing free prescription drug disposal kits as part of the department’s harm reduction program. The health department is providing free prescription drug disposal kits for any individual that has leftover medication that they are currently not using anymore. These kits were provided by the Community Impact Coalition.  The Deterra Drug Deactivation System kits use Molecular Adsorption Technology (MAT12) to deactivate unwanted drugs. The k...

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2019 Christmas WOCHD & WIC Office Schedule

Posted 12/21/18

WOCHD & WOCHD-WIC Office Holiday Schedule December 24 – Closed (regular ½ day West Virginia state holiday & ½ day per West Virginia Governor Proclamation and Board of Health approved office closure) December 25 – Closed (regular full day West Virginia state holiday) December 26 – Closed (Board of Health approved December 5th West Virginia state holiday make up) December 31 – Closed (regular ½ day West Virginia state holiday & ½ day per West Virginia Governor...

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Health Department Issues Concern Over Illegal Tattoo Operations

Posted 12/18/18

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is encouraging residents to only use permitted tattoo/body piercing establishments when getting tattoos, body art or piercings. Residents are also advised to avoid participating in local tattoo parties where unlicensed activity is common. Tattoos now enjoy mainstream popularity and permitted tattoo studios and body piercing shops are thriving. Yet, every year many individuals risk exposure to infection and blood-borne diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis ...

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Health Department Receives 200 Naloxone Injectors

Posted 12/17/18

WHEELING, WV - The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department received 200 Evzio naloxone injectors, designed with step-by-step directions for the average person to administer in an emergency, through a donation by Kaleo Inc., the drug's manufacturer. This donation along with the department’s needle exchange program, vaccination and disease testing are part of the department’s Harm Reduction Program.  Administered as an injection through the patient's thigh, Evzio is FDA-approved to treat an...

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Health Department to Offer Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinics

Posted 12/04/18

  With an outbreak of Hepatitis A in parts of the United States, including West Virginia, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is offering Hepatitis A vaccinations to West Virginia First Responders and High Risk Individuals.  The health department will hold Hepatitis A vaccination clinics on December 5, 12, 19, 26 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm at the health department, first floor of the City/County Building. Area First Responders need to bring proof of employment and ident...

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E.coli O157:H7 Infections and Romaine Lettuce

Posted 11/26/18

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department has received a number of questions concerning the recent announcement that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections likely linked to romaine lettuce. The FDA, along with CDC, state and local agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses likely linked to romaine lettuce. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Food Inspe...

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Posted 10/01/18

Today, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department along with the Ohio County Extension Service held a simple Breast Cancer wreath hanging ceremony.  The event kicks of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Ohio County. Breast cancer is a dangerous disease, with approximately 1,400 women expected to be diagnosed in West Virginia in 2018. Although mortality rates are decreasing, an estimated 280 West Virginia women will still die from the disease this year. As the fight against breast cancer contin...

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New WIC Food List Effective October 1, 2018

Posted 10/01/18

​The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health today announced new foods available for purchase with the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  The approved food list was updated to better meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants, offer more varieties of food, and encourage healthier eating habits. “The West Virginia WIC Program finalized changes to the WIC food packages based on the latest nutrition scien...

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Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics Announced

Posted 09/27/18

WHEELING, WV – Ohio Valley residents who are in need of a flu shot can visit the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department to get their yearly seasonal flu vaccination. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will offer seasonal flu shots from 9:00-11:00am and again from 1:00-3:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays starting September 27, 2018. At this time, seasonal flu shots will be offered to individuals 6 months of age and older. Anyone interested in getting a flu shot should call the health...

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Rabies Case Reported by Hancock County Health Department

Posted 09/12/18

The Hancock County Health Department has announced that a bat from the Chester area of the county has tested positive for rabies. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is warning residents of Ohio County to be wary of animals acting strangely or aggressively.  The health department also reminds residents to keep their pet’s vaccinations up to date. Rabies is a virus capable of infecting warm-blooded animals. Rabies mainly affects the brain.  The disease is common in wildlife in No...

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HIV Cluster Identified in Ohio County

Posted 09/11/18

September 11, 2018, Wheeling WV - The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department has been working with the WV Bureau for Public Health on an increase in Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in Ohio County.  In July the department was notified that a cluster of HIV cases had been detected in Ohio County.  Although the newly diagnosed HIV cases in Ohio County continues to grow, this increase is not considered an outbreak.  New diagnosed case of counts HIV for past years are 2015– 2017, 5 case...

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Community Shred & E-cycling Event set for Ohio County

Posted 08/10/18

  Community Shred & E-cycling event to help prevent identity theft and fraud.  The event is Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the St Michael Angelus Center at 1225 National Road, Wheeling Accepted items:  appliances (small), batteries, cable, CDs, cell phones, circuit boards, computers, game consoles, ink & toner cartridges, IT equipment, keyboards, laptops, mouses, modems, monitors ($20 tube style only), MP3 players, phone systems, printers, routers, satellite boxes, servers, ...

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WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERING 1st RESPONDER HEPATITIS A VACCINATION CLINICS

Posted 07/27/18

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERING 1st RESPONDER HEPATITIS A VACCINATION CLINICS WHEELING, WV – With an outbreak of Hepatitis A in parts of the United States, including West Virginia, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is offering Hepatitis A vaccinations to West Virginia first responders.  The health department will hold special West Virginia first responder Hepatitis A vaccination clinics on August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm at the health d...

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Food Handler Cards

Posted 07/19/18

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department’s Food Handlers Training Program trains and educates food handlers and managers.  Every year about 48 million cases of food borne illness occur and about 3000 people die. The vast majority of these illnesses and deaths could be prevented by proper training and following safe food handling practices. Anyone who handles food prepared or served to the public must attend a food safety course. Food Handler Cards are issued to individuals, which then al...

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Board of Health Approves Flu Vaccination Recommendation for All Health Care Employees

Posted 07/18/18

During the July 2018 Board of Health meeting the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health  approved recommendations for required seasonal flu immunizations for health care workers in Ohio County. The recommendations are for all health care facilities (hospitals, clinics, facilities, physician offices) in Ohio County. A health care worker working in a health care facility in Ohio County shall receive an annual influenza immunization by November 1st (or prior to the beginning of the designated...

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Public Health Advisory for Food Service Operations and Retail Food Establishments – Ohio County July 16, 2018

Posted 07/16/18

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is aware of a report that power is unavailable to multiple food service operations and retail food establishments located Elm Grove area of Wheeling, WV. It has also been reported that power may be unavailable to this location for several hours. In an effort to ensure proper food safety measures and emergency procedures are taken due to the power outage, we ask that food service operations and retail food establishments take necessary action to protect...

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WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERING HEPATITIS A VACCINATIONS

Posted 07/06/18

WHEELING, WV – With an outbreak of Hepatitis A in parts of the United States, including West Virginia, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is offering Hepatitis A vaccinations to West Virginia first responders. The health department will hold special West Virginia first responder Hepatitis A vaccination clinics on July 11, 18 and 25 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm at the health department, first floor of the City/County Building.  The health department will announce additional vac...

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Hepatitis A Update - WV Outbreak

Posted 05/24/18

West Virginia is experiencing a Hepatitis A outbreak, which is linked to a multi-state outbreak. As of May 21, 2018 there has been 106 confirmed cases reported in 8 counties in West Virginia. This increase in confirmed cases of acute hepatitis A virus has been primarily among: IV and non-IV drug users Homeless or highly mobile individuals Recently incarcerated individuals In early May the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department began vaccinating the homeless population through the d...

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Offering ‘Hepatitis A’ Vaccinations.

Posted 05/17/18

WHEELING, WV — With an outbreak of Hepatitis A in parts of the United States, including southern West Virginia, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is offering Hepatitis A vaccinations to at-risk individuals in the county. Staff from the department’s Project HOPE program, a public health street medicine outreach program, have begun to offer Hepatitis A vaccinations during their weekly clinical rounds. The Project HOPE program is working to identify people who are living outdoors wh...

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Second Rabies Case Reported

Posted 05/14/18

Second Rabies Case Reported by Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department   WHEELING, WV –The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing that a wild raccoon has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was found in the Woodsdale area in Wheeling. The raccoon was collected on May 9, 2018 and tested positive for rabies on May 14, 2018. This is the second laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2018. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and other county he...

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Health Department To Host Annual Public Health Conference

Posted 05/11/18

WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will host the annual Northern Panhandle Regional Public Health Conference on June 8, 2018, at the Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center. This year’s conference is sponsored by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. The annual Public Health conference will feature speakers and topics on: Dr. Michael McCawley— WVU School of Public Health Eric Dotseth—West Virginia State Public Health Entomologist Will...

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DHHR Intensifies Hepatitis A Prevention Efforts in Kanawha and Putnam Counties

Posted 05/11/18

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health today announced enhanced efforts to work with local health officials in Kanawha and Putnam counties as part of the hepatitis A outbreak response which includes embedding and supporting epidemiologists at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health (BPH) has confirmed 72 cases of hepatitis A associated with the national outbreak in Cabell, Kanawha,...

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Health Department Urges Residents Not to Ground Feed Wild and Domestic Animals

Posted 05/09/18

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Urges Residents Not to Ground Feed Wild and Domestic Animals WHEELING, WV –With the recent discovery of a positive rabies case the health department is urging all City residents not to ground feed wild and domestic animals, especially in residential areas . The positive rabies case was found in a domestic cat in the Market Street area of North Wheeling on May 7, 2018. This is the first laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2018. ...

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Rabies Case Reported

Posted 05/07/18

Rabies Case Reported by Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department WHEELING, WV –Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing that a domestic cat has tested positive for rabies. The cat was found in the Market Street area in North Wheeling. The cat died on May 3, 2018 and tested positive for rabies on May 7, 2018. This is the first laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2018. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and other county health departments in West...

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2018 Rabies Vaccination Clinics

Posted 05/07/18

WHEELING, WV – The Ohio County Rabies Vaccination Clinics will begin on July 2, 2018 and will continue to July 12th. The clinics, sponsored by the Ohio County Animal Control & the Ohio County Commission, are for the vaccination of family pets. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department urges all Ohio County pet owners to take advantage of this low cost clinic and get their family pet vaccinated against rabies. Clinics are operated from 5:00pm -7:00pm and all animals must be on a leash o...

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2018 Changes to Farmers Market Regulations

Posted 05/01/18

(May 1, 2018) - During the 2018 Legislative Session, Senate Bill (SB) 375 Relating to Farmers Markets was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.  SB 375 goes into effect on June 8, 2018.  SB 375 changes WV Code Chapter 19 Article 35 Sections 2-5, and transfers regulation of farmers markets and farmers market vendors to the WV Department of Agriculture (WVDA). • SB 375 does require that (WV Code 19-35-3-e) a consignment farmers market obtain a food establishment permit (reta...

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CDC Report on Growing Threat from Vector Borne Diseases

Posted 05/01/18

Illnesses from Mosquito, Tick, and Flea Bites Increasing in the US. Cases triple; better tools needed to fight mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas Illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the United States during this time. These findings are in the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Cont...

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Health Department adds Oral Typhoid to International Travel Clinic

Posted 04/16/18

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will now carry Oral Typhoid as part of the department's International Travel Vaccination Clinic. Vivotif, oral Typhoid Vaccine, is a 4 dose vaccine that is taken orally. Typhoid fever is a systemic, febrile disease contracted by ingesting contaminated food or water. It is unique to humans and commonly found where sanitation is deficient. Historically, typhoid fever was a major cause of illness and death until the advent of modern antibiotics. Mil...

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Rx Take Back Day

Posted 03/30/18

IMPACT, the Wheeling Police Department and the Ohio County Sheriff's Office will host two Rx Take Back locations in Ohio County on April 28, 2018 from 10am to 2pm.  Drop all unused, unwanted or expired medications for safe disposal.  Keep them out of the hands of youth.  Environmentally friendly to water supply.  Lower substance abuse in Ohio County.  Stop by the Elm Grove Pharmacy at 102 East Bethlehem Blvd. or Mt DeChantal Kroger at 200 Mt DeChantal Rd.

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2018 Spring Clean Up

Posted 02/28/18

2018 Spring Ohio County Clean Up Schedule Announced. Tuesday, April 3 at 35th Street Ballfield, Wheeling Saturday, April 7 at Old Wheeling Dog Pound, Peninsula Street Tuesday, April 10 at Garden Park, Warwood Saturday, April 14 at West Liberty Saturday, April 14 at  Clearview Community Center Tuesday, April 17 at  Pleasanton Playground Saturday, April 21 at Triadelphia Community Center Saturday, April 21 at Valley Grove Community Center Tuesday, April 24 at Bet...

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Drug Take Day at Elm Grove Pharmacy

Posted 02/22/18

On Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Elm Grove Pharmacy will host a drug take-back event, along with deputies from the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office and local employee volunteers from Cardinal Health. This event will provide a safe, convenient and anonymous way to dispose of unused or expired medications. Drug take-back events are an important tool to help combat prescription drug misuse and abuse. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 54% of those who misus...

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Flood Clean Up Suggestion

Posted 02/20/18

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPAARTMENT OFFICIALS OFFER ADVICE FOR SAFE FLOOD CLEAN-UP While raging flood waters have left behind a mass of destruction across West Virginia, also left behind are disease-producing bacteria. As residents in the affected area begin the task of cleaning up homes and salvaging personal belongings, state health officials offer some precautions to help prevent illness. When cleaning up your home, be sure to wear protective clothing such as rubber boots, gloves and ey...

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Position Opening

Posted 02/15/18

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department has a position opening for an Office Assistant 2.  Individuals who are interested in the OA2 position can apply at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wv. This is a full time, day shift position.  The OA2 will, Under general supervision, perform full performance level clerical duties primarily within the environmental side of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department.  Applicant should be familiar with using Microsoft office suite and general office e...

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Health Department to Provide First Responder Naloxone (Narcan) Training and Narcan

Posted 02/07/18

February 7, 2018 (Wheeling, WV) - The Wheeling-Ohio County Department will offer free trainings and Narcan to Ohio Valley First Responders as part of the departments expanded Harm Reduction Program. Narcan is a medication that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose very quickly. When administered correctly, the nasal spray Narcan restores breathing that has been dangerously slowed by an overdose of heroin or prescription painkillers. Narcan works within a minute or two and gives emergency...

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Seasonal Flu Information

Posted 01/18/18

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is issuing the following statement concerning Flu vaccinations.   During a recent local TV news story, information was provided  concerning the flu vaccinations and effectiveness. From a public health position, the information was not accurate.  There are no recommendations for a “booster” vaccination for this season’s flu shot.  CDC and most of the major medical associations urge a single adult dose of flu vaccine each flu season. T...

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Project HOPE Winter Walk

Posted 01/10/18

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department's Project HOPE is hosting a Winter Walk to raise awareness for homelessness and street medicine.  The event is called Walk a Mile in THEIR Shoes because walkers are going to experience part of what homeless men, women, and children experience every day - walking through the city in freezing weather and winter elements trying to stay warm because shelter may not be available. Details: 1 Mile Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:00am $50 Soup K...

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WV DHHR Announces Funding for Harm Reduction Programs

Posted 11/29/17

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced $600,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 11 health care entities across West Virginia to support harm reduction program efforts.  The award is part of a $5.88 million State Target Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant provided to West Virginia through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Harm reduction programs can reduce the transmission of blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis ...

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West Virginia Seeing Dramatic Increase in Lyme Disease Cases

Posted 11/21/17

West Virginia will report the highest number of Lyme disease cases on record in 2017. As of November 8, 2017, 571 confirmed and probable Lyme disease cases have been reported compared to the previous record of 368 cases in 2016. The geographic distribution of cases has also increased. As of November 8, 2017, 45 counties have reported at least one confirmed or probable Lyme disease case, up from 11 counties in 2012. This increase could be the result of increased reporting, increase in the number ...

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Health Department now offering New Cholera Vaccine

Posted 10/19/17

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is now offering the new cholera vaccine Vaxchora through the department’s Travel Vaccination Clinic. The Department's Travel Vaccination Clinic offers vaccinations to assist travelers during international travel. Vaxchora is a vaccine against some of the bacteria that causes cholera (vibrio cholerae serogroup O1). It is the best line of defense against cholera infection, providing significant protection against cholera. The vaccine is recommended f...

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Board of Health Approves Seasonal Flu Recommendations

Posted 10/13/17

The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health has approved the recommendations for required immunization of health care workers in Ohio County for influenza during the October 11, 2017 regular Board meeting. The recommendations are for all health care facilities (hospitals, clinics, facilities, physician offices) in Ohio County. A health care worker working in a health care facility in Ohio County shall receive an annual influenza immunization by November 1st (or prior to the beginning of the d...

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Reports Positive Rabies Case

Posted 09/26/17

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is warning people to avoid contact with any wild animals including bats and raccoons after a raccoon tested positive for rabies. A raccoon in the Triadelphia area of Ohio County tested positive for rabies on September 26, 2017. This is the second laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2017. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and other county health departments in West Virginia, along with the United States Department of...

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ANNUAL WREATH HANGING CEREMONY KICKS OFF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Posted 09/26/17

WHEELING, WV – Representatives from the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, West Virginia University Extension and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program will hold a wreath hanging ceremony on October 2, 2017 at the City/County building for West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event marks the 23rd annual West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Similar ceremonies will take place all across the state as publi...

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WOCHD October 2017 Clinic & Program Schedule

Posted 09/26/17

October 2017 Clinics & Programs Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. All regular childhood and back-to-school immunizations, including childhood seasonal flu vaccinations.  Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary, call (304) 234-3682.  PPD (TB) SKIN TESTING CLINIC – Mondays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. PPD skin testing for exposure to TB. Appointme...

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WOCHD Seasonal Flu Clinics Announced

Posted 09/26/17

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Announces Seasonal Flu Clinics  WHEELING, WV – Ohio Valley residents who are in need of a flu shot can visit the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department to get their yearly seasonal flu vaccination. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will offer seasonal flu shots from 9:00-11:00am and again from 1:00-3:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays starting September 25, 2017. At this time, seasonal flu shots will be offered to individuals 6 months of age...

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Free Radon Test Kits at Health Department

Posted 09/07/17

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is reminding residents to make sure that homes and businesses are radon-free as summer winds down and they begin spending more time indoors. The health department has free radon testing kits that are available at the health department Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Radon is a gas you cannot see, smell or taste. Radon is the result of radioactive metals breaking down in rocks, soil and groundwater. Exposure to radon occurs primarily by inhali...

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Posted 09/01/17

The Ohio County Solid Waste Authority will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 8am to 1pm.  The collection will be held at the City of Wheeling Operations center in the Clator section of Wheeling.  (Take Wheeling Hospital exit, turn right at intersection, turn left onto Hunter Avenue and follow signs). Accepted items:  gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene, paint, paint thinner, used oil, used oil filters, varnish, transmission fluid, turpentine, light...

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Ohio County Tire Collection Date Set

Posted 08/22/17

The WV Department of Environmental Protection will host a tire collection on October 14, 2017 from 8:00am to 2:00pm at Cabela's parking lot.  Residents can discard up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia identification for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. Tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16 inches or less, will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate. Only tires from state residents will be ac...

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Health departments giving back-to-school vaccinations

Posted 08/04/17

School students entering school for the 2017-2018 school year are required to have up-to-date vaccinations before they will be allowed to attend classes. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department’s immunization clinic is each Wednesday from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. All regular childhood and back to school immunizations are available. Currently West Virginia State law requires that all children entering school in West Virginia for the first time in grades K-12 must show proof of immuni...

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Public Housing Going Smoke Free

Posted 08/04/17

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and the Wheeling Housing Authority will be holding a series of meetings to address a new smoke free building policy. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently finalized a new law requiring all public housing units to become "smoke-free" facilities. The rule will protect staff and residents working and living in federally owned and operated public housing units from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure The HUD Smoke Fr...

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Flood Waters & Tetanus

Posted 07/25/17

Flood Waters & Tetanus What You Need to Know from the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department What is tetanus? Also known as “lockjaw”, tetanus is a disease of the nerves caused by bacteria in a contaminated wound. The tetanus bacteria is commonly found in soil. It enters the body through any opening, from a slight scratch to a severe wound. It can cause painful spasms of all muscles, convulsions and even death. Who should get Td (tetanus/diphtheria) vaccine? ...

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WVDHHR Announces New WIC Income Guidelines

Posted 06/06/17

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Nutrition Services today announced new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The new guidelines indicate a family of four can earn $45,510 and still qualify for WIC program benefits. This amounts to a $555 increase from last year, and will allow more West Virginia families to enroll in the program. “Our goal...

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2017 Annual Rabies Clinics

Posted 05/30/17

WHEELING, WV – The Ohio County Rabies Vaccination Clinics will begin on July 5, 2017 and will continue to July 14th. The clinics, sponsored by the Ohio County Animal Control office, are for the vaccination of family pets. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department urges all Ohio County pet owners to take advantage of this low cost clinic and get their family pet vaccinated against rabies. Clinics are operated from 5:00pm -7:00pm and all animals must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. The co...

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Micro Blading Notice

Posted 05/24/17

All Tattoo and Body Piercing Studios must have a permit from the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. All facilities that do Micro Blading must obtain a tattoo studio permit.  The Environmental Health office of the WOCHD helps to protect the health of the citizens of Ohio County by permitting and inspecting all tattoo and body art studios. Tattoo studios have been regulated since 1993 when the West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 2565 (effective July 9, 1993). House Bill 2565 estab...

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Positive Rabies Case Reported in Wheeling

Posted 05/17/17

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Reports Positive Rabies Case WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is warning people to avoid contact with any wild animals including bats and raccoons after a bat tested positive for rabies. A bat in the Valley View Ave area of Wheeling tested positive for rabies on May 17, 2017. This is the first laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2017. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and other county healt...

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Special Food Handler Training Set for Farmers Markets

Posted 03/09/17

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and the Ohio County Extension Service will offer a special food handler training on March 29, 2017 at 6:00pm at the City/County Building in Wheeling. This special “farmers market” food handler training is open to individuals who will be selling at area farmers markets. Staff from both the health department and the extension service will conduct a regular food handler training program and an overview of state farmers market requirements, permittin...

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2017 Ohio County Solid Waste Spring Clean Up Announced

Posted 03/08/17

Ohio County Solid Waste Authority 2017 Spring Clean Up Schedule Saturday, April 8 at West Liberty Christian Church Saturday, April 8 at Clearview Community Center Tuesday, April 11 at Patterson Ballfield Tuesday, April 11 at Bethlehem Ballfield Tuesday, April 18 at Pleasanton Playground Saturday, April 22 at Valley Grove Community Center Saturday, April 22 at Triadelphia Community Center Tuesday, April 25 at Garden Park, Warwood Tuesday, May 2 at 35th Street/Wheel...

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WOCHD Position Opening

Posted 03/02/17

Accounting Technician 3 Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department The WOCHD is seeking an individual to fill the position of Accounting Technician 3. This position requires accurate financial record keeping, invoicing, accounts payable and receivable.  The position is to keep and maintain local, state and federal grants and accounts in accordance with grant guidelines.  Prepare financial reports as needed.  Maintain the financial program with all current tax updates.  Assist new or depart...

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Influenza Update February 22 2017

Posted 02/22/17

West Virginia (WV) has reported influenza activity as “Widespread” for the week ending Saturday, February 18, 2017. Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States, flu activity this season has been moderate so far, with severity indicators within the range of what has been seen during previous seasons during which influenza A (H3N2) viruses have predominated.  Influenza A (H3N2) predominant seasons are often associated with more severe illness, especially in young children...

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Board of Health Adopts Position Statement on No Smoking Regulations

Posted 01/10/17

During the January 10, 2017 Board of Health meeting a Position Statement was introduced concerning clean indoor air regulations, or no smoking rules, in West Virginia. With recent events in neighboring counties pertaining to Board of Health no smoking rules, the Board saw it necessary to issue a position statement on the county's current regulation and future plans. It is the goal of the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health and the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department that Wheeling and O...

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Board of Health Approves New Tanning Bed Regulation

Posted 01/10/17

Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health Approves New Tanning Bed Regulation WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health has approved the adoption of a new Tanning Bed Regulation. This Regulation shall be known as the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Tanning Facility Regulation and shall cover Ohio County, West Virginia. The regulation will go into effect on January 10, 2017. All tanning facilities must register with the health department and obtain a Tanning Facility Certi...

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2016 Homeless Memorial Service

Posted 12/16/16

Join the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department's homeless outreach program (HOPE) on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00pm for the Homeless Memorial Service. Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is designanted on December 21st, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. We remember those who have died and we strengthen our resolve to work for a world where no life is lived or lost in homelessness. St. John's Evangelical Protestant Church, more commonly known as Cent...

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City of Wheeling Water Service Interruption Notice - Elm Grove

Posted 12/01/16

The City of Wheeling has issued a notice that on Friday, December 2, 2016 starting at 6:00pm there will be an interruption of the water service in the ELM GROVE area due to water main updates/replacement. After service is restored there will be a 48 hour boil order in effect. The following addresses will be affected: 103, 122, 153-158, and 180-186 Idabelle Ave 139, 143 East Bethlehem Blvd 7-40 East Cove Ave Junior Ave. from Laurel Ave to Evelyn Ave All of Dorothy Ave All...

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WOCHD Sets 2017 Food Handler Training Calendar

Posted 11/30/16

WHEELING, WV – Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department’s overall strategy for reducing foodborne illness is to place a heavy emphasis on education about proper food storage, handling and preparation practices. The Department has set the 2017 Food Handler Training calendar, which is for anyone who will be involved in the food service and similar activities. All food service workers need to obtain a valid food handler card within thirty (30) days upon hire. Classes for food handlers are cond...

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Board of Health Approves Tanning Bed Regulation

Posted 11/18/16

On November 15, 2016, the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health approved the adoption of a new Tanning Bed Regulation. This Regulation shall be known as the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Tanning Facility Regulation and shall cover Ohio County, West Virginia. The regulation includes proof of age requirements; no one under the age of fourteen (14) will be allowed to use the tanning facility and anyone between the ages of fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) must have a parent or guardian pre...

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City of Wheeling Water Service Interruption Notice - North Park

Posted 11/17/16

The City of Wheeling has issued a notice that on Friday, November 18, 2016 starting at 8:00am there will be an interruption of the water service in the North Park area due to water main updates/replacement. After service is restored there will be a 48 hour boil order in effect. The following addresses will be affected: Finch Ave Jay Court Robin Court Lark Court Quail Court Raven Ave Eagle Ave Owl Court Wren Court Hawk Court Mount Wood Road from #59 to #109 ...

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Wheeling Breast Cancer Walk set for October 9, 2016

Posted 10/03/16

West Virginia Communities Take Steps Against Breast Cancer October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and West Virginia (WV) communities are walking to bring awareness about the disease to the mountain state. The Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition, its partners, and volunteers are sponsoring thirteen regional "Walks for Women...Take a Step Against Breast Cancer." Wheeling's walk will be on Sunday, October 9th at the Howard Long Wellness Center.  "Janie's Walk" will begin with regi...

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Ohio County Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Posted 10/03/16

West Virginia Communities Unite Against Breast Cancer Breast cancer is a dangerous disease, with approximately 1,300 women expected to be diagnosed in West Virginia in 2016. Although mortality rates are decreasing, an estimated 300 West Virginia women will still die from the disease this year. As the fight against breast cancer continues, West Virginia communities are coming together to spread the word about prevention and early detection. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ...

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Board of Health meeting announcement

Posted 09/12/16

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING –The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 12noon.  The meetings will be held in the City/County Building.  All interested individuals or delegations wishing to address the Board of Health should contact the Health Department Administrator to be placed on the agenda.

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Seasonal Flu Clinics Announced

Posted 09/09/16

WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES SEASONAL FLU CLINICS WHEELING, WV – Ohio Valley residents who are in need of a flu shot can visit the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department to get their yearly seasonal flu vaccination. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will offer seasonal flu shots from 9:00-11:00am and again from 1:00-3:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays starting September 12, 2016. At this time, seasonal flu shots will be offered to individuals 6 months of age and ...

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WOCHD September 2016 Clinics & Programs

Posted 09/07/16

September 2016 Clinics & Programs Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. All regular childhood and back-to-school immunizations, including childhood seasonal flu vaccinations.  Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary, call (304) 234-3682.  PPD (TB) SKIN TESTING CLINIC – Mondays, September 12, 19, 26 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. PPD skin testing for exposure to TB. Appointme...

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2016 Oral Rabies Vaccination Program Set to Begin

Posted 08/09/16

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Announces Rabies Bait Drop for Local Areas WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is advising residents of Ohio County and the Northern Panhandle that a raccoon rabies bait drop will be conducted beginning August 22, 2016 to September 4, 2016. Raccoons in West Virginia will get another dose of rabies vaccine as part of an ongoing multi-agency effort to create a rabies barrier across the state, extending from the northern panhandle to...

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Hand Foot & Mouth Disease Health Notice

Posted 08/03/16

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Seeing Increase in Cases of Virus WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is issuing a notice to the community concerning a common virus known as Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD). The health department has been notified by area physicians, emergency rooms and other healthcare providers of an increase in the number of cases in the community. The virus is not a required reportable disease in West Virginia unless part of a larger c...

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August 2016 Clinics & Programs

Posted 08/03/16

August 2016 Clinics & Programs Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. All regular childhood and back-to-school immunizations, including childhood seasonal flu vaccinations. Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary, call (304) 234-3682. PPD (TB) SKIN TESTING CLINIC – Mondays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. PPD skin testing for exposure to TB. Appointments ...

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Posted 07/29/16

The Ohio County Solid Waste Authority will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 8am to 1pm.  The collection will be held at the City of Wheeling Operations center in the Clator section of Wheeling.  (Take Wheeling Hospital exit, turn right at intersection, turn left onto Hunter Avenue and follow signs). Accepted items:  gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene, paint, paint thinner, used oil, used oil filters, varnish, transmission fluid, turpentine, light...

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WV Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program

Posted 07/28/16

The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) is a comprehensive public health program that helps uninsured or underinsured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening services. Screening and early detection reduces death rates, improves treatment options, and greatly increases survival. The WVBCCSP provides clinical breast examinations (CBEs), mammograms, and Pap tests for eligible women, as well as diagnostic testing for women whose screening outcome...

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Positive Rabies Case Reported for Ohio County

Posted 07/26/16

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Reports Positive Rabies Case WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is warning people to avoid contact with raccoons after a wild raccoon tested positive for rabies. A raccoon in the Elm Grove/Triadelphia area of Wheeling tested positive for rabies on July 26, 2016. This is the second laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2016. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and other county health departments i...

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WVDHHR Zika Media Release

Posted 07/20/16

WVDHHR Announces First Confirmed Case of Zika Virus in a Pregnant Woman 7/19/2016 The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health is reporting the state’s first case of Zika virus occurring in a pregnant woman, bringing the total of confirmed Zika virus cases in West Virginia to eight.  All eight cases were contracted by travel to countries where the virus is active. “The woman was confirmed to be positive for Zika virus following an intern...

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Distributing Free CPR Kits

Posted 07/15/16

American Heart Association’s CPR Anytime program helps educate bystanders in CPR People learning bystander CPR may be the answer to reducing death from the more than 326,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year. Sadly, most of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR, or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. The bystander is the person who witnesses an event or finds a victim unresponsive, not breathing and appears lifeless. If a ...

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Board of Health Approves Flu Vaccination Recommendations

Posted 07/12/16

The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health has approved the recommendations for required immunization of health care workers in Ohio County for influenza during the July 12, 2016 regular Board meeting. The recommendations are for all health care facilities (hospitals, clinics, facilities, physician offices) in Ohio County. A health care worker working in a health care facility in Ohio County shall receive an annual influenza immunization by November 1st (or prior to the beginning of the desi...

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July 2016 Health Department Schedule

Posted 06/30/16

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. All regular childhood and back-to-school immunizations, including childhood seasonal flu vaccinations. Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary, call (304) 234-3682. PPD (TB) SKIN TESTING CLINIC – Mondays, July 11, 18, 25 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. PPD skin testing for exposure to TB. Appointments are not necessary. FAMILY PLANNING/BCCSP CLINIC – Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28. Consist...

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Rabies Vaccination Clinics Set for 2016

Posted 06/30/16

WHEELING, WV – The Ohio County Rabies Vaccination Clinics will begin on July 5, 2016 and will continue to July 14th. The clinics, sponsored by the Ohio County Animal Control office, are for the vaccination of family pets. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department urges all Ohio County pet owners to take advantage of this low cost clinic and get their family pet vaccinated against rabies. Clinics are operated from 5:00pm -7:00pm and all animals must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. The co...

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Tetanus Vaccine May Be Needed for Flood Clean-Up Effort

Posted 06/27/16

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As clean-up efforts are underway across the state following significant flooding, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health is reminding residents to check their immunization status to ensure they are protected against tetanus, in addition to protecting existing wounds from infection. "Tetanus is a disease contracted by getting the tetanus bacteria into an open cut or wound," said Dr. Rahul Gupta, State Health Officer and Commi...

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Flood Clean Up Precautions Reduce Illness

Posted 06/27/16

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health is encouraging residents to take precautions while returning to their homes to begin clean up to reduce injury and illness. "Disease producing bacteria are often carried by flood water and sewage," said Dr. Rahul Gupta, State Health officer and Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health. "These bacteria can remain alive and dangerous for long periods of time on items covered or expose...

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Mosquito Bite Prevention is Important during Flood Clean Up

Posted 06/27/16

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health is encouraging residents to take mosquito bite precautions while conducting flood clean up. "Flooding leads to increased mosquito activity which can elevate the risk of mosquito bites and the potential for mosquito-borne diseases," said Dr. Rahul Gupta, State Health Officer and Commissioner for the Bureau for Public Health. "Standing or pooling water from recent heavy rainfall and flood...

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Employment Opportunities at WOCHD WIC Program

Posted 05/23/16

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department WIC Program has posted employment openings for the following positions: Nutritionist 1, 2, or 3 (one opening) Office Assistant 1 Health and Human Service Aide Individuals who are interested or have questions can contact Beth Dowler, Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department WIC Director at (304) 234-3888.  These positions will be posted through the West Virginia Division of Personnel starting May 30, 2016.  To formally apply visit http://www....

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Annual Public Health Conference

Posted 05/13/16

Health Department To Host Annual Public Health Conference  WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will host the annual Northern Panhandle Regional Public Health Conference on June 10, 2016, at the Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center. This year’s conference is sponsored by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The annual Public Health conference will feature: Howard Gambl...

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Local Mosquitoes and Zika Virus Disease

Posted 05/02/16

WHEELING, WV – In addition to preparing for another season of mosquitoes, West Nile virus, and La Crosse encephalitis, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health (BPH), are planning for Zika virus disease. Currently, active transmission of Zika virus is occurring in many countries in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Fever, rash, joint pain, and redness of the eyes are the most common s...

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Rx Take Back Day

Posted 04/25/16

IMPACT and the Wheeling Police Department will host two Rx Take Back locations in Ohio County on April 30, 2016 from 10am to 2pm.  Drop all unused, unwanted or expired medications for safe disposal.  Keep them out of the hands of youth.  Environmentally friendly to water supply.  Lower substance abuse in Ohio County.  Stop by the Elm Grove Pharmacy at 102 East Bethlehem Blvd. or Mt DeChantal Kroger at 200 Mt DeChantal Rd.

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Food Safety for Farmers Market Vendors

Posted 04/19/16

Special Food Training for Farmer Market Vendors On May 16, 2016 from 6:00-8:30pm at the Ohio County Public Library Basement Auditorium the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and Karen Cox from WVU Extension Service will present Food Safety for Farmers Market Vendor.  Participants will learn what they need and don’t need to safely sell food and food related products at the farmers market.  The training  will review health permits, food handling, and state updates for farmers market ve...

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April 2016 Clinics & Programs

Posted 04/01/16

April 2016 Clinics & Programs Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department   IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. All regular childhood and back-to-school immunizations, including childhood seasonal flu vaccinations. Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary, call (304) 234-3682. PPD (TB) SKIN TESTING CLINIC – Mondays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. PPD skin testing for exposure to TB. Appointmen...

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Health Department to offer Narcan Trainings

Posted 03/22/16

Naloxone (Narcan) Community Opioid Overdose Trainings To Be Offered by Health Department.  Would you know what to do if someone overdosed? The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is offering life-saving Naloxone (Narcan) training for residents. When administered correctly, the nasal spray Narcan restores breathing that has been dangerously slowed by an overdose of heroin or prescription painkillers. Narcan works within a minute or two and gives emergency responders time to get the person t...

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The Need for Food Establishment Permits

Posted 03/15/16

Wheeling-OhioCounty Health Department Stresses the needfor Food Establishment Health Permits WHEELING, WV — As the spring andsummer outdoor activity season approaches the Wheeling-Ohio County HealthDepartment would like to remind all organizations and business about foodpermits. Ifan organization or business is going to hold a public event where food is soldor given away they should contact the health department to obtain a permit andhave the operation inspected before serving to the pub...

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Outside Toilet Facilities for Food Service Establishments

Posted 03/11/16

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department hasnoticed an increase in the number of outside picnic tables near permitted foodservice establishments in Ohio County. The provision of outside picnic tables isconsidered the same as a dining area and therefore the establishment mustprovide public toilet facilities.Anestablishment that has indoor public toilet facilities and provides outsideseating is considered compliant and no additional action is necessary. However, any permitted food service ...

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WV Zika Case

Posted 03/10/16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2016 State Confirms First Case of Zika Virus CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau forPublic Health (BPH) today received laboratory confirmation of the State’s firstcase of the Zika virus. “With the number of Zika outbreaks occurring in many partsof the world where West Virginians travel for vacation, business or missionwork, the likelihood of a finding a Zika case in our State was foreseeable,”s...

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Annual Public Health Conference Announced

Posted 03/08/16

Health Department To Host Annual Public Health Conference WHEELING, WV — The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will host the annual Public Health Conference on June 10, 2016 at Oglebay Resort. The one day event is open to the public and free of charge. The conference focuses on Public Health Surveillance/Threat Preparedness and the different agencies involved and their roles. The workshop will present information beneficial to public health nurses, school nurses, staff of long term c...

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New Smoking Regulation Effective March 1st

Posted 03/01/16

The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health approved a new Clean Indoor Air Regulation at their November 10, 2015 meeting. The regulation takes effect today, March 1, 2016. The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health first passed the Clean Indoor Air Regulation in 1996 and it was revised in 2005 and 2015.  The Clean Indoor Air Regulation is an important public health milestone in the effort to protect and improve the health and well-being of Ohio County residents. The regulation is also another ...

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Flu vaccine nearly 60 percent effective according to preliminary CDC data

Posted 02/25/16

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported preliminary overall influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) of 59 percent this season. These data were presented at a meeting of the agency's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) in Atlanta. This finding is comparable to past estimates for seasons when most circulating flu viruses and vaccine viruses have been similar. "This means that getting a flu vaccine this season reduced the risk of having to go to the doctor bec...

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Spring break travelers should be sure to pack Zika virus precautions

Posted 02/25/16

As college and high school students and families pack for Spring Break vacations that might take them to popular destinations where the Zika virus is being spread by mosquito, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is reminding them to exercise caution. “We certainly want kids and families on Spring Break and other travelers to enjoy themselves,” said William C Mercer, MD, Wheeling-Ohio County Health Officer. “We just want them to remember to pack with protecting themselves in mind....

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and the Belmont County Health Department announces first case

Posted 02/25/16

WHEELING, WV — The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and Belmont County Health Department is announcing its first case of an Ohio Valley resident being infected with the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne virus has caused the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue travel warnings for pregnant women. The patient had traveled to a country where Zika transmission has been active and ongoing. A blood test confirmed that the patient had Zika. Both health departments enco...

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Revised Clean Indoor Air Regulation Announced

Posted 02/22/16

WHEELING, WV — The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health approved a new Clean Indoor Air Regulation at their November 10, 2015 meeting. The regulation will take effect on March 1, 2016. The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health first passed the Clean Indoor Air Regulation in 1996 and it was revised in 2005 and 2015.  The Clean Indoor Air Regulation is an important public health milestone in the effort to protect and improve the health and well-being of Ohio County residents. The regulation i...

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Health Advisory on Zika Virus, WVDHHR

Posted 01/28/16

Update on Zika Virus This alert is an update on the Zika virus, a reportable arboviral disease. Nineteen states have had imported cases of the disease; West Virginia has no cases to date. Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing due to possible association between infection and poor pregnancy outcomes (e.g. microcephaly and other birth defects). The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health would like to bring the following key points t...

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Winter Storm Jonas Update

Posted 01/22/16

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department along with other West Virginia local health departments (LHDs) has been monitoring the impending Winter Storm Jonas. This storm is described as a windy, strong, slow-moving storm that is expected to bring significant heavy snowfall to West Virginia including sleet or freezing rain. During any heavy snow storm, the potential exists for power outages. It is important for residents who lose electrical power and are without a back-up generator to dispose of...

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Special Board of Health Meeting Announced

Posted 01/21/16

A special meeting of the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health will be held on January 29, 2016 in the City/County Building, 2nd floor, County Commission conference room.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss West Virginia Legislative Updates and any other business of the Board of Health and Health Department.  The next regularly scheduled Board of Health meeting is March 8, 2016 at 12noon.

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Winter Storm Jonas Update

Posted 01/21/16

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department along with other West Virginia local health departments (LHDs) has been monitoring the impending Winter Storm Jonas. This storm is described as a windy, strong, slow-moving storm that is expected to bring significant heavy snowfall to West Virginia including sleet or freezing rain. During any heavy snow storm, the potential exists for power outages. Residents are urged to use caution if working outdoor or shoveling snow to prevent serious illness. Heavy...

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Winter Storm Jonas Update

Posted 01/20/16

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department along with other West Virginia local health departments (LHDs) have been monitoring the impending Winter Storm Jonas.  This storm is described as a windy, strong, slow-moving storm that is expected to bring significant heavy snowfall to West Virginia including sleet or freezing rain.  During any heavy snow storm, the potential exists for power outages.  County Health Departments are reminding residents of the dangers related to winter storms and k...

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CDC HEALTH ADVISORY ON ZIKA VIRUS

Posted 01/19/16

Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Zika Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network, Friday, January 15, 2016, 19:45 EST (7:45 PM EST) CDCHAN-00385 Summary In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmissionof Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, with autochthonous (locally acquired)cases identified in Brazil. As of January 15, 2016, local transmission had b...

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Positive Rabies Case Reported

Posted 01/06/16

Rabies Case Reported by Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department WHEELING,WV — The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing that a wild raccoon has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was found in the Elm Terrace area of Wheeling, along Fernwood Ave on January 4, 2016 The raccoon died on January 4, 2016 and tested positive forrabies on January 6, 2016.This is the first laboratory confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2016. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Departm...

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