OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. – Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Reports 701 new cases of COVID-19 in Ohio County since Jan. 2. This includes 111 cases under the age of 18. Case surveillance, contact tracing and follow-up continue for many of the reported cases.
Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Announces four Deaths associated with COVID-19 for the reference period 1/2/2022 to 1/9/2022.
Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department COVID-19 Testing Clinic
The Wheeling-Ohio County Department of Health will be hosting free COVID-19 testing clinics from MONDAY to FRIDAY at the old OVMC.
Wheeling-Ohio County Department of Health
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
OVMC (former VPC Sud parking lot, 2000 rue Eoff, Wheeling)
The free clinics are for people with or without symptoms and no insurance is required. Participants must bring a driver’s license, photo ID or other proof of address. No residency restriction. Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a drive-thru testing clinic and participants will be tested either in their personal vehicle or at a drop-in location near the testing sites. This special clinic is housed by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department and the Wheeling-Ohio County Emergency Management Agency. For more information, call the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department at (304) 234-3682.
The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is reminding residents of the Ohio Valley that if they are tested for COVID-19, they must remain in home isolation until they receive negative test results. Those who test positive will be contacted by a county health department and will receive further instructions regarding care and monitoring. If it is positive, you should restrict activities outside your home, except to seek medical attention. Do not go to work, school or public places. If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider and tell them you have or may have COVID-19 before you arrive at the facility. This will help the health care provider’s office take action to prevent other people from being infected or exposed.
COVID-19 vaccination clinics
WOCHD COVID-19 vaccination clinics (subject to change due to supply and demand). Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson / Janssen vaccines are available at all sites. The 1st, 2nd, Booster and 5-11 year old vaccines are available. Walk-ins are welcome without an appointment.
Daily health service clinics
1/10/22 – Walk-in clinic at the community clinic – Highlands 9 am-4pm
1/11/22 – Walk-in clinic at the community clinic – Highlands 9 am-4pm
1/12/22 – Walk-in clinic at the community clinic – Highlands 9 am-4pm
01/13/22 – Walk-in clinic at the community clinic – Highlands 9 am-4pm
01/14/22 – Walk-in clinic at the community clinic – Highlands 9 am-4pm
(As of 9/27/21, COVID-19 vaccines will be administered at the Highland Community Vaccination Center – Former Michaels Craft Store, 550 Cabela Drive, Triadelphia, WV.)
COVID-19 home vaccination program
People confined to the house can call the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department to schedule a COVID-19 home vaccination visit. Residents of Ohio County can call (304) 234-3682 to schedule an appointment and type of vaccination.
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for 5 to 11 year olds
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old should be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is administered intramuscularly in a primary series of 2 doses (0.2 ml each) 3 weeks apart to people aged 5 to 11 years.
Additional primary dose for some immunocompromised children
Children aged 5 to 11 who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional primary dose of vaccine 28 days after their second injection. Currently, only Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for children aged 5 to 11. Parents / guardians are encouraged to discuss their child’s condition with their child’s pediatrician / primary care provider, and to determine if an additional primary injection is appropriate for them.
Children are considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised if they have:
â¢ You have received active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
â¢ You have had an organ transplant and you are taking medicines to suppress the immune system.
â¢ You have had a stem cell transplant within the past 2 years or are taking medicines to suppress the immune system.
â¢ Moderate or severe primary immune deficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
â¢ Advanced or untreated HIV infection
â¢ Active treatment with high dose corticosteroids or other drugs which may suppress the immune response
Pfizer, Moderna and J & J / Janssen booster vaccination clinic
The CDC has approved the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for a booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson / Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations. The CDC recommends the booster dose for all people 12 years of age and older who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 5 months or more after their initial series.
The CDC recommends the booster dose for people who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the following groups 6 months or more after their initial series. You should receive a reminder if you are 18 and over
For people who have received the Johnson & Johnson / Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, a booster dose is also recommended for people 18 years of age and older who were vaccinated 2 months or more ago. It is also recognized that some people may not prefer the type of vaccine they initially received and may prefer to be given a different booster. CDC recommendations now allow this type of mixed dosage for booster injections.
All BOOSTER vaccinations will require an official COVID-19 vaccination card or VAMS certification. People who received a COVID-19 vaccination were given a personal COVID-19 vaccination card that included details about the vaccine such as the lot number, location of vaccination, type of vaccination, and number of vaccines given. People who need a COVID-19 vaccine replacement card can apply for a card through the WVDHHR at https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/pages/replacement-card.aspx . Replacement cards will not be issued to the Community Immunization Center or County Health Department at this time.
Supplemental dose of COVID-19 RNA vaccines
On August 13, 2021, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met and reviewed the data for the use of an additional dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for people with compromised immunity. ACIP has made an interim recommendation for the use of an additional dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (for individuals aged â¥ 12 years) or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (for individuals aged â¥ 18 years) after a first initial dose of 2 doses of primary mRNA COVID -19 vaccine series for people with moderately to severely immunocompromised people and does not apply to people who have received the Johnson & Johnson / Janssen vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the additional dose of a COVID19 mRNA vaccine be given no earlier than four weeks at least 28 days after a second dose and that a person should not be given more than three doses of mRNA vaccine in total. The additional dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine must be the same vaccine product as the initial series of 2-dose COVID-19 mRNA primary vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). If the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine product administered for the first two doses is not available, the other COVID-19 mRNA vaccine product may be administered.
The specific list of eligible persons includes:
- Active treatment of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies
- Receiving a solid organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Receiving a CAR-T cell transplant or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppressive therapy)
- Moderate or severe primary immune deficiency (eg, DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high dose corticosteroids (i.e. â¥ 20 mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, anticancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive , tumor necrosis inhibitors (TNFs) and other biological agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulating
Although people who are immunocompromised do not need a prescription or proof of their condition to receive a third dose, people are encouraged to talk to their health care provider about their condition and whether an additional dose. suits them. West Virginia people who are immunocompromised and meeting CDC eligibility recommendations are strongly encouraged to choose the COVID-19 vaccination, which now includes a third dose for mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna).
Residents of Ohio County and the Ohio Valley are advised to limit public contact, implement social distancing, wash their hands frequently, and contact their personal physician if they become ill. with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is reminding residents of the Ohio Valley that if they are tested for COVID-19, they must remain in home isolation until they receive negative test results. Those who test positive will be contacted by a county health department and will receive further instructions regarding care and monitoring.
If it is positive, you should restrict activities outside your home, except to seek medical attention. Do not go to work, school or public places. If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider and tell them you have or may have COVID-19 before you arrive at the facility. This will help the health care provider’s office take action to prevent other people from being infected or exposed.