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Third COVID testing Saturday at OUE

File photo BELMONT COUNTY Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul continues to work on contact tracing new COVID-19 coronavirus cases. So far new cases have been few, and two out of three pop-up testings have been completed, with the third this Saturday at Ohio University Eastern. Third COVID testing Saturday at OUE

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The second of three pop-up testing sites has netted no major increase in new COVID-19 coronavirus numbers according to the latest report from Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul.

The free testing site, set up across from Bellaire High School by the Ohio National Guard, saw a total of 86 people tested. Of these, two re-tested positive, meaning the county’s overall numbers did not increase from the testing.

He said all results were back from the lab, which prioritized test results from the National Guard.

Sproul said the latest numbers place Belmont County 747 total positive cases, with 676 recovered and 41 people with active cases of the virus and in isolation. Sproul said five people are hospitalized and 25 people have died with the virus after being infected in Belmont County. This includes nine inmates at the Belmont Correctional Institution just west of St. Clairsville.

The increase in new cases has been slow, despite the news last week that a Leona Middle School student at Shadyside tested positive for the virus, leading to the isolation of 18 potential contacts at risk. Sproul said there have been no new school-related incidents after the districts reopened, with most welcoming students and staff at full attendance five days per week as usual.

The third and final free pop-up test will be held at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ohio University Eastern Campus.

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