After a spike in cases and two Coronavirus related deaths, Administrator of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, Howard Gamble, is breaking down what this means for Ohio County.

“If we’re going to move forward, we have got to watch what we’re doing because if those cases increase to the point where the health care system, public health systems and other systems like the school system can’t be handled, then things have to change,” said Gamble.

This could mean a few things.

“It’s going to be tough, but it could result in going back to what we were doing at the beginning of the pandemic or making modifications, but that would be directed by the state or county by county,” Gamble added.

Public health officials are encouraging residents to get tested in order to prevent this from happening. These testing sites can be found all across the Valley, but if you decide to get tested, you are urged to self-isolate until you receive results. If you cannot self-isolate though, there are a few things you can do to help stop the spread.

“The essential workers that have to test and go back to work, if you’re going to do that and are allowed to do that by your employer, make sure you’re masked, you’re taking all the precautions and you’re social distancing,” said Gamble.