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Following the Coronavirus

West Virginia Officials Discover 20 More Unreported COVID-19 Deaths

CHARLESTON — More than a week after health officials found 165 unreported COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia, the state announced an additional 20 such deaths Friday. Gov. Jim Justice called for an investigation during his Friday COVID-19 briefing from the Capitol. “Whether they’re coming ...

More Than 250K in West Virginia Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

More than a quarter-million people in West Virginia are now fully vaccinated from COVID-19, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources website. The DHHR site stated Thursday that 252,246 state residents have received the proper dosage of COVID vaccine to be completely protected. ...

West Virginia Follows IRS, Extends State Tax Deadline to May 17

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday that he has directed the West Virginia Tax Department to extend the state’s income tax filing and payment deadline until Monday, May 17. That corresponds with the federal government’s recent tax filing extension to the same ...

IRS Will Delay Tax Deadline Until May 17

Americans will be getting extra time to prepare their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service says it’s delaying the traditional tax filing deadline from April 15 until May 17. The IRS announced the decision Wednesday and said it would provide further guidance in the coming days. The move ...

Ohio County Vaccination Clinics Ready to Expand

WHEELING — If the supply of COVID-19 vaccine made available to Americans arrives as expected, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is prepared to ramp up its output to meet demand. Vaccine supplies in the United States are expected to increase through the spring, with president Joe ...

Vaccine-Eligible Age in Ohio Dropping to 40

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As more COVID-19 vaccines are made available, the state is again expanding the age range of eligibility, this time to those Ohioans 40 and older. This occurs just a week after vaccine eligibility had expanded to those age 50 and older. By March 29, all Ohioans ages 16 and ...

West Virginia Walgreens Drops Everbridge for Coronavirus Vaccine Scheduling

WHEELING — Walgreens pharmacies throughout West Virginia now will be scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations at their sites themselves. They no longer will use the state’s Everbridge scheduling system to set up their appointments. A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Human Resources ...

More West Virginians Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

CHARLESTON — The state of West Virginia once again has expanded the field of residents eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that more West Virginians with pre-existing medical conditions and all essential workers regardless of age will be eligible to ...

Ohio County Students Back to 5-Day Week

WHEELING — Students, parents and educators in Ohio County Schools all celebrated the return to “normalcy” and a five-day school week on Monday. It has been just over a year since students first began remote learning from home, and later returned to their classrooms in split shifts two ...

Medically Vulnerable in US Put Near the End of Vaccine Line

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Ann Camden learned last month that her 17-year-old daughter got exposed to the coronavirus at school and was being sent home, she packed her belongings, jumped in the car and made the two-hour drive to the coast to stay with her recently vaccinated parents. The ...

Biden’ set to sign $1.9T COVID relief bill Thursday before speech to nation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to sign into law Thursday the $1.9 trillion relief package that he says will help the U.S. defeat the virus and nurse the economy back to health. He originally planned to sign the bill on Friday. But the White House moved that up to Thursday ...

Congress OKs $1.9T Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Congress riven along party lines approved a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday, as President Joe Biden and Democrats claimed a triumph on a bill that marshals the government's spending might against twin pandemic and economic crises that have upended a ...

Justice: 168 COVID Deaths Not Reported Around State

More than 160 deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus have not been reported to the state, Gov. Jim Justice said today at his pandemic briefing. The governor said 168 people dying in the care of hospitals, hospice groups, long-term care facilities and two inmates who died at hospitals were not ...

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials. The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way ...

W.Va. Bars, Restaurants Allowed Back to 100 Percent Capacity

Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday morning that all bars and restaurants in West Virginia are now allowed to return to 100-percent seating capacity, provided that social distancing can be maintained to keep down the spread of COVID-19. "I encourage everyone there to just use good sense," ...

Official: Democrats OK Tighter Income Limits for COVID-19 Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed Wednesday to tighten the upper income limits at which people could qualify for stimulus checks, a Democratic official said, a major concession to moderates as party leaders prepared to move their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill ...

Vaccination Age Limit in W.Va. to Lower to 50

Gov. Jim Justice this morning said the age limit on COVID-19 vaccinations will be lowered to residents 50 and older. Teachers and service personnel from 40 to 50 years old and children with health issues also will be emphasized, he said during his pandemic briefing. The governor a little more ...

3 of 4 Northern Panhandle Counties Green on Monday COVID Map

Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties have gone green. The trio of Northern Panhandle counties sits in the safest category on the Department of Health and Human Resources Monday COVID-19 alert map. Hancock County is yellow, the second-safest category. Ohio, Marshall and Brooke are among the 23 ...

Johnson & Johnson’s One-Shot Vaccine Approved

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts are anxiously awaiting a one-and-done option to help speed ...