The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is reporting that levels of COVID-19 and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are elevated (HIGH) in the local community as well as nationally. Other respiratory issues that are circulating at an elevated level include Influenza A & B and Parainfluenza. The health department is also reporting that levels of Norovirus, Rotavirus and Human Adenovirus Group F (all gastrointestinal pathogens) are also elevated for Ohio County.
These specific diseases and their identification as elevated in the Ohio County community is made through wastewater surveillance at the City of Wheeling’s Water Treatment Plant. The treatment plant serves most of Ohio County and Benwood.