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Following the Coronavirus

Ohio County Reports 40th COVID-Related Death

Ohio County reported its 40th COVID-related death since the pandemic began, as infections continue to climb throughout West Virginia. The four counties in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle remained in “red” Tuesday on the state’s COVID-19 alert map, part of a group that, on Tuesday, ...

The Top Stories of 2020: Pandemic Delays PTT Project Indefinitely

DILLES BOTTOM — At the outset of 2020, it appeared the Ohio Valley might finally receive the news that PTT Global Chemical America was ready to commit to building an ethane cracker plant in southern Belmont County. For more than five years, the company has been investing in property, ...

Justice Attorneys Lay Out Case for Mask Lawsuit Dismissal

CHARLESTON — Attorneys for Gov. Jim Justice gave multiple reasons for a federal judge to grant their motion to dismiss a case challenging the governor's indoor face mask mandate and COVID-19 regulations for businesses. Ben Bailey of Bailey and Glasser filed a reply Monday in the U.S. ...

2 COVID Deaths Reported in Both Ohio, Marshall Counties

Ohio and Marshall counties each reported two new COVID-related deaths Monday night. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported the deaths of one resident of a long-term care facility and one who was hospitalized at the time of their passing. The county now has reported 39 ...

Ohio County Moves Over 2,500 COVID Case Mark

Ohio County has seen a total of more than 2,500 positive COVID-19 cases, according to data released over the weekend by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. The department reported 29 new cases Saturday night and 33 new cases Sunday night, putting the county’s total at 2,553 positive ...

West Virginia a Sea of Red on New COVID Map

Seven new deaths of West Virginians from COVID-19 were reported Saturday, as the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said 1,253 West Virginians have now died from complications related to COVID-19. Overall, the DHHR reports there have been 1,447,287 total confirmatory ...

Germany, Hungary Give First Vaccines Ahead of EU Rollout

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany, Hungary and Slovakia began giving out their first coronavirus vaccine shots on Saturday only hours after receiving their first shipments, upsetting the European Union’s plans for a coordinated rollout Sunday across the bloc’s 27 nations. “Every day ...

Bishop Mark Brennan Clarifies Vaccine and Abortion Connection

WHEELING — The Most Rev. Mark Brennan, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine and urges others to have faith in the science behind it. In a letter sent to all parishes in the state, Brennan said, “I plan to get vaccinated when it’s my ...

COVID Numbers Still at High-Risk Levels at Holidays

The Northern Panhandle, like most of West Virginia, is decked out in a red it would rather not be wearing at Christmas. All four Northern Panhandle counties were in “red” on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 alert map Thursday morning. They were among 35 ...

COVID Scales Back Christmas Celebrations Across the World

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A stream of marching bands joyously paraded through Bethlehem on Thursday, but few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened Christmas Eve celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Similar subdued scenes ...

COVID-19 Vaccination Numbers Up, As Are Infections and Deaths

CHARLESTON — West Virginia continues to get COVID-19 vaccines out the door as part of its distribution plan, while the state is seeing more cases and deaths but fewer tests with Christmas around the corner. Gov. Jim Justice, speaking Wednesday during his final COVID-19 briefing before the ...

Marshall County Reports 46th COVID Death

The Marshall County Health Department reported another COVID-related death Wednesday night, the 46th in the county since the pandemic began. Wednesday’s reported death was of an 89-year-old woman who was hospitalized at the time her death. The county also reported seven confirmed new ...

Vaccines Received In Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s health department has received its first shipment of the Moderna version of COVID-19 vaccine, which does not require deep-cold storage. Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul said Tuesday that 300 doses are ready. “My director of nursing ...

COVID-19 Cases Still Surging Locally in December

A little more than a third of the Ohio Valley’s total COVID-19 positive cases have popped up since the start of December, with that surge expected to continue through the holiday season. COVID-related deaths were on the rise again as well in Marshall County, with two more reported Tuesday ...

West Virginia Leads Nation in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said Monday that West Virginia is leading the way with the number of distributed COVID-19 vaccines and is ahead of schedule in vaccinating residents and staff of long-term care facilities. "We want to continue to pump this stuff out as quick as we can and lead ...

Belmont County Jail Housing COVID-Positive Inmates from NRJ

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise locally, Belmont County Jail has taken inmates from Northern Regional Jail in Marshall County who have tested positive for the virus. Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas confirmed two of the new inmates are positive for COVID-19, but said there is little risk ...

Councilwoman Ketchum Urges Safety, Vigilance After COVID Diagnosis

WHEELING — One simple interaction with a friend was all it took to contract COVID-19, according to Wheeling City Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum, who over the weekend announced she is in quarantine and has tested positive for the virus. Since the pandemic began, Ketchum is the second Wheeling ...