WHEELING-OHIO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
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 employee is currently isolated at home. Case surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring is being handled by the employee’s county of residence.
Overall, in Ohio County, 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 possible, wash your hands frequently and contact your personal physician if you become ill with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is reminding Ohio Valley residents that if you are tested for COVID-19 that you are to remain in home isolation until you receive negative test results. Individuals who test positive will be contacted by a county health department and receive further instructions in 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 appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19 prior to arriving at the facility. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
The off-site Wheeling Hospital COVID-19 testing clinic continues operations. Ohio Valley residents who are interest in being tested at this location should call the one-call number at (304) 221-3995. Testing is also available at Doctor’s Urgent Care, call (304) 232-0725 for more information. MedExpress in Elm Grove is also testing for COVID-19, for more information call (304) 242-4228.