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Following the Coronavirus

Fake news or the truth? Russia cracks down on virus postings

By DARIA LITVINOVA Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Two weeks ago, an opposition-leaning radio station in Russia interviewed political analyst Valery Solovei, who alleged the government was lying when it said no one had died in the country from the coronavirus. Solovei told radio station ...

NFL teams rely on tape with virus altering pre-draft routine

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Let's go to the tape. NFL teams are having to rely more heavily on game film of college prospects as they prepare for the draft at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has halted business as usual across the globe. The ...

More than 50 infected with virus at California nursing home

By ROBERT JABLON Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California nursing home has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with more than 50 residents infected — a troubling development amid cautious optimism that cases in the state may peak more slowly than expected. Cedar ...

Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus

By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Late last year — long before most people had heard of the new coronavirus now sweeping the globe — scientists in Germany sprang into action to develop a test for the virus that was causing an unusual respiratory disease in central ...

Volunteers fill gaps amid UK pandemic lockdown

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The Rev. April Keech knocked on the door of an apartment in east London, took three giant steps back and made way for other volunteers to lay a bag of groceries on the threshold. The jovial Anglican priest seemed to want to hug the ...

Virus disrupts pregnancy plans, raises anxiety and questions

By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer Some pregnant women fear giving birth with no loved ones by their side. Others worry about getting sick with COVID-19 and not being able to hold their newborns. The coronavirus pandemic has injected anxiety and uncertainty to an already stressful time and ...

Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths

By COLLEEN LONG, KAREN MATTHEWS and DAVID RISING Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — With refrigerated morgue trucks parked on New York City's streets to collect the surging number of dead, public health officials projected Tuesday that the coronavirus could ultimately kill more than ...

Hospitals overflowing with bodies in US epicenter of virus

By ROBERT BUMSTED and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — It has become a grim ritual outside New York City's hospitals: workers in protective gear loading the bodies of coronavirus victims into refrigerated trailers. A surge in deaths in the epicenter of the crisis in ...

Should you wear a mask in public if not sick with coronavirus?

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — If you're not sick with the new coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public? Global health authorities say no. Amid a shortage of masks, the U.S. is sticking with that advice but Tuesday, President Donald Trump suggested people who ...

White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus

By AAMER MADHANI, KEVIN FREKING and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a "hell of a bad two weeks" ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the ...

Too little too late? Experts decry Mexico virus policy delay

By MARÍA VERZA and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has started taking tougher measures against the coronavirus after weeks of its president hugging followers and saying religious medals would protect him. Some experts warn the sprawling country of 129 ...

VIRUS DIARY: The world seemed small and accessible. No more.

By JULIE PACE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in years, we've put our suitcases away. Flights have been canceled. The shared Google calendar where we tracked each other's travel schedules is empty for the foreseeable future. For my husband and me, travel has been a ...

US death toll from the virus eclipses China’s official count

By COLLEEN LONG, KAREN MATTHEWS and DAVID RISING Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,500 Tuesday, eclipsing China's official count, as New York's mammoth convention center started taking patients to ease the burden on the city's ...

Ohio County Officials Tour Flood-Damaged Triadelphia

Ohio County Commissioner Tim McCormick Tuesday witnessed first-hand some of the damage done Saturday in Triadelphia when three severe storms hit the area in about a seven-hour span. From Midway Street to Pickle Patch neighborhood, residents experienced basement flooding and mud issues from ...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

By The Associated Press The mounting death toll from the virus outbreak in the United States has it poised to overtake China's tally of 3,300 deaths, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying up to 1 million more health care workers are needed in the city. "Please come help us," he urged. ...

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Takes Assessment of OVMC Hospital Site

WHEELING —A team of representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performed a site assessment at the former Ohio Valley Medical Center’s west tower Monday afternoon in preparation for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases in the region. Representatives of the property, now owned by ...

Children, Parents Adapting to Online Learning

WHEELING — Parents are having to adapt as their kitchen or dining room has become their child’s classroom. Online learning packs went out Monday through Schoology to students in Ohio County Schools, and parents are needing to discover the best ways to keep their children focused as their ...

American Red Cross Searching for Emergency Blood Drive Sites

WHEELING — As approximately 9,000 blood drives have been canceled across the country due to the coronavirus crisis, the American Red Cross continues to search for sites to keep the vital blood supply available for community hospitals. Locally, Phyllis Riccadonna, spokeswoman for regional ...

Gov. Justice Orders Travelers from COVID-19 Hotspots to Self-Quarantine

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced additional measures Monday aimed at limiting out-of-state travelers from coronavirus hotspots — especially from places like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut - from spreading the virus further in West Virginia. Justice announced an executive order ...