No social distancing at protests; Ohio County Health Department responds


If you're heading to the streets with signs in hand, you're advised to take caution. ​

WHEELING W.Va. (WTRF) – Protests during a pandemic now raise new red-flags; how will community members demonstrate their rights and make sure they don’t take COVID-19 home with them?

Hundreds were taking to the streets in Wheeling Sunday following a national movement, and there will most likely be more protests to come. So, Howard Gamble, with the Ohio County Health Department, says there is a safe way to go about maneuvering crowds.​

Amidst a pandemic, streets across the country have been flooded with people, donning signs, and *some in masks.​

In big cities, the health administrator says you’re spread out more, but in the close-knit streets of Wheeling, staying 6-feet-apart, doesn’t seem possible.​

So, in order to keep a line of defense between yourself and the deadly virus the country has been fighting, if you head out to peacefully protest, ​don’t forget your PPE.​

Wear a mask. Especially peaceful protests, because those seem to be more condensed, more together; saying things in unison, even singing or participating. So, if you’re gonna gather in large groups, wear a mask. And that’s about all we can do when we’re gathering peacefully.

Howard Gamble, Ohio County Health Department

​In terms of COVID-19 cases in Ohio County, as livelihood opens back up, Gamble says he hasn’t seen a huge resurgence of the virus, and he hopes to keep it this way even while the large, intimate-gatherings continue on.

Latest Posts:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Video

Now Trending on

Video Forecast

Connor's Friday Afternoon Forecast

More Weather Video Forecast
Albuquerque Hourly Forecast

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss