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Following the Coronavirus

In a Year of Restrictions, Virus Changes Sept. 11

NEW YORK (AP) — In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged. The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked by dueling ceremonies at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza and a corner near the ...

‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Stimulus Relief Bill Fails in U.S. Senate

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s delegation in the U.S. Senate were on opposite sides on a new scaled down coronavirus relief package that failed to get the needed votes to proceed Thursday. Republicans in the Senate introduced what some called the “skinny package” Wednesday with the ...

Gov. Justice: ‘West Virginians, You’re Going to Have to Buckle Down’

CHARLESTON — As West Virginia’s daily percent of positive COVID-19 cases jumped to the highest number on record since April, Gov. Jim Justice told the state to start taking the virus seriously in order to prevent a return to further lockdown. “West Virginia, we are absolutely getting ...

Ohio County sees 15 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing 15 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Ohio County. These are new cases since Sept. 4th. Currently, the health department reports a total of 312 cases, including four probable cases and six deaths. Case surveillance, contact tracing and ...

104-year-old woman keeps busy during COVID-19 pandemic

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nan Currington always sits in the front pew of the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church in Penn Hills. At 104 years old, it isn't always the quickest walk down the aisle, but congregation members know that if they're looking for Mrs. Currington, to just look up front, at ...

Fifth COVID-19 related death reported in Ohio County

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced Tuesday a fifth death of an Ohio County resident from complications related to COVID-19. The individual was hospitalized at the time of their death. Currently, the health department reports a total of 292 cases, including four probable ...

Ohio County reports 13 new COVID-19 cases over past week

Since last Thursday, there have been 13 new COVID-19 cases in Ohio County, according to the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. Currently, the health department reports a total of 289 cases, including four probable cases and four deaths. Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is now ...

Pence visits West Virginia, pledges resources to combat COVID-19

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence visited West Virginia on Saturday to congratulate Gov. Jim Justice, a fellow Republican, on his response to the coronavirus. Pence pledged to make sure West Virginia continues to have the resources it needs "not just to ...

Q&A: What’s happening at the US Postal Service, and why?

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press The U.S. Postal Service is warning states it cannot guarantee that all ballots cast by mail for the Nov. 3 election will arrive in time to be counted, even if ballots are mailed by state deadlines. That's raising the possibility that millions of voters ...

Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer Baylor coach Dave Aranda could see a weight being lifted off the shoulders of his players during a meeting Tuesday night, when word began to filter out that the Big 12 Conference would attempt to play football this fall. "You could just see the joy," ...

West Virginia Board of Education vows to re-open schools safely

CHARLESTON - As the Sept. 8 date for schools across West Virginia to start up after closing for the coronavirus pandemic, the West Virginia Board of Education Wednesday stated schools will not reopen unless it is safe. The board of education met Wednesday for its monthly meeting at the ...

Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer With a coronavirus vaccine still months off, companies are rushing to test what may be the next best thing: drugs that deliver antibodies to fight the virus right away, without having to train the immune system to make them. Antibodies are ...

Big Ten pulls plug on fall football amid COVID-19 concerns

The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska ...

West Virginia COVID-19 Cases Showing Signs of Decrease

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is starting to track with other states that are seeing decreases in coronavirus positive cases, though outbreaks in nursing homes have sent death rates in the state upward. The number of positive cases over the last 14 days between July 27 and Sunday was 1,704, ...

Trump, coaches push for college football as cracks emerge

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer President Donald Trump joined a U.S. senator and a number of coaches Monday in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. There was speculation that two of the five most powerful conferences — the Big Ten and ...