Thursday marked the final day for the large COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the former Sears in the Ohio Valley Mall, but the Belmont County Health Department will host smaller vaccination clinics at the mall’s Community Room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays for the next six weeks.
“We may increase those times for that place if we get a big response, but we are also going around the county to different locations and doing the vaccinations within the communities. We’ll put that out and try to make it more convenient,” Belmont County Deputy Health Commission Rob Sproul said.
After offering the vaccines to local high school students, Sproul’s office is in the process of scheduling clinics with area school districts for younger grades since the Pfizer/BioNTech version was authorized for those as young as 12.
Sproul gave the news Wednesday when he updated the county board of commissioners.
Sproul said his department has administered about 19,000 vaccinations to the county’s population of 67,000, and Belmont County residents may also have sought vaccines from other providers.
The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported seven new positive COVID-19 cases in its Thursday night update. That put the county’s totals at 4,441 cases and 90 related deaths since the pandemic began.
The Marshall County Health Department reported five new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in its Thursday update. The department is sending people to the Department of Health and Human Resources website for its latest totals, which were 2,530 positive cases, 957 probable cases and 77 related deaths.
Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties all were green, the safest category on the DHHR COVID-19 alert map, on Thursday. They were among 27 green counties of the 55 in West Virginia.
Robert A. DeFrank contributed to this report.