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Following the Coronavirus

Government job losses are piling up, and it could get worse

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U.S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services — from schools to trash pickup. Even as the ...

Brazil govt yanks virus death toll as data befuddles experts

By DIANE JEANTET Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government has stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections in an extraordinary move that critics call an attempt to hide the true toll of the disease in Latin America's largest nation. The ...

Restriction On Gatherings Eased

CHARLESTON — Coronavirus social distancing guidelines that limited group gatherings to 25 are now lifted with guidance forthcoming for the restart of fairs and festivals starting in July. Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday that group gatherings can increase from 25 to 100 people starting at ...

Protest Organizers Stress Importance Of Staying Safe During Pandemic

WHEELING — Cities across America have joined together to speak out against police brutality and racism after the murder of George Floyd, who died last month while being detained by police in Minneapolis. While it’s not the first time citizens have taken to the streets to protest, it’s the ...

Officials: Successful WVU Reopening Depends on Students

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University officials say a plan to reopen the state’s flagship university this fall relies heavily on student cooperation and personal responsibility. On Wednesday, WVU officials announced students would return to classes Aug. 19 for the fall semester. University ...

Health Officials Concerned That Protests May Lead to COVID-19 Resurgence

Representatives of health departments across the country said this week that they are concerned that the protests in response to the death of George Floyd may lead to an increase in the amount of COVID-19 cases, due to the large number of people in attendance at the gatherings. “Because ...

Summer Enrichment Academy Starts in Ohio County

WHEELING — Ohio County elementary school students have the chance to improve their math, reading and social skills this summer with a computer and help from a team of online teachers. The Ohio County Enrichment Academy starts Monday, and lasts six weeks through July 27. The program is open ...

WVNCC Preps For Fall Classes On Campus

WHEELING – West Virginia Northern Community College is planning to welcome students back on all three of its campuses in the Northern Pandhandle when the fall semester starts Aug 24. “We are looking forward to having students back on our campuses for the fall semester,” WVNCC President ...

YSS Hosting Virtual Campout Fundraiser Today

WHEELING – In response to helping children and families affected by COVID-19, Youth Services System Inc. is hosting its first Campout for a Cause virtual fundraiser today. Participants have been raising money online for several weeks and are invited to camp out tonight as a way to come ...

Belmont County Now Has 21 Coronavirus Deaths

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The unofficial death toll for COVID-19 related patients is now up to 21 in Belmont County. On Wednesday, Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported the latest death, a woman in her 80s. Sproul said she was the resident of a nursing home. This marks the ...

COVID-19 Testing in Prisons, Jails Underway in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Testing for the coronavirus in West Virginia jails, prisons and juvenile facilities since the outbreak at the Huttonsville Correctional Facility in Randolph County started Tuesday. Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that testing started after an outbreak at Huttonsville at the ...

Unemployment Compensation Claims Top 250,000 Over 10 Weeks

CHARLESTON — Claims for unemployment compensation benefits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic came in at five times the number of unemployment claims for all of 2019, according to WorkForce West Virginia. Scott Adkins, acting commissioner of WorkForce West Virginia, gave an update ...

Renovated Pool Reopens at Benwood City Park

BENWOOD – A new pool has opened at Benwood City Park, and the first days have gone swimmingly, according to city officials. After being closed last year, the pool facility opened its doors to the public last weekend, and is set to have its grand opening on Saturday. The project to replace ...

Marshall County OEM, Health Dept. Working Well Together

MOUNDSVILLE – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on, Marshall County’s public officials report that they’re working well together to help each other during the health crisis. Emergency Management Director Tom Hart reported to the Marshall County Commission on Tuesday that while ...