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Free COVID testing in Wood County Sunday, Wirt on Monday

PARKERSBURG – Free COVID-19 testing events are being offered in Wood County Sunday and Wirt County on Monday, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announced.

Because Wood County is classified as gold on the state’s COVID map and Wirt County is at orange, free testing must be offered, MOVHD Threat Preparedness Coordinator Carrie Brainard said in a Friday night email.

Tests will be offered from 1-5 p.m. Sunday in the back lot at Parkersburg High School, 2101 Dudley Ave.

The testing is available to all individuals in Wood County, including those who are asymptomatic. Proof of insurance is not required, but those attending are asked to bring identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address, to help in returning test results.

Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Testing will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The same guidelines are in place for Monday’s testing from 1-5 p.m. at the Coplin Clinic, 483 Court St., Elizabeth.

According to the latest numbers from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, there have been 434 positive COVID-19 cases in Wood County, 63 of which remain active. There have been six deaths in the county attributed to the virus.

In Wirt County, the total is 29 cases, with 18 active and no deaths.

The second highest total in the department’s six-county service area is Roane County, with 83 cases, 24 of them active, and two deaths.

Calhoun County has had 33 cases, eight of which remain active. Ritchie County has tallied 23 cases, with 11 active.

Pleasants County has the lowest number of cases at 20, three of which are active. However, the county has recorded three deaths.

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