“A few weeks old… all the way up to 18”: Near 100 children battling COVID in Ohio County


While a surge of kids have COVID, the Health Department says children are not seeing long stays at the hospitals

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October 31 2021 11:59 pm

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) – Around 100 children are currently battling COVID-19 in Ohio County.

While a huge number, health officials said it was expected as kids headed back to class. 

The Health Department explained the current spike is kids contracting it when school started and then spreading it in the home. 

Here’s the good news: The Health Department is not seeing long-stay hospitalizations of children with COVID in our area, but visits to hospitals are happening. 

A total 98 cases in kids were reported this week. 

You see everywhere from a few weeks old testing positive, months, years, all the way up to the 18 mark. So, it runs the gamut, but what we’re really seeing is it runs through the household. Once positive it spreads very quickly into the house. And that’s the key. It spreads very quickly.

Howard Gamble, Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department

Gamble said vaccination is the key, while the vaccine is still only approved for 12 and older. 

Pfizer said its vaccine for 5 to 11 year-olds is ready to go before the FDA for emergency use approval.

This dosing would be less than the adult version but Gamble said we won’t see that a go until 2022. 

The FDA just denied a booster shot for individuals younger than 65. 

The Ohio County vaccination clinic will remain at the former Michaels Store at the Highlands. 

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