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Following the Coronavirus

President Biden Hails House Passage of $1.9T Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate. “We have no time to waste,” Biden said at the White House ...

Gov. Jim Justice: ‘Go Big or Go Home’ on Stimulus ‘

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said that Congress should “go big or go home” on the federal pandemic stimulus package, breaking with opposition to the plan from within his own party. “We have tried to underspend and undersize what was really needed ...

Plunging Demand for COVID-19 Tests Leaves US Exposed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just five weeks ago, Los Angeles County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests, including at a massive drive-thru site at Dodger Stadium, as health workers raced to contain the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the U.S. Now, county officials say testing has ...

Active COVID-19 Cases in West Virginia at Lowest Level in 3 Months

Active cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia have dropped to their lowest levels in three months. The Department of Health and Human Resources said there were 8,954 active COVID-19 cases statewide on Saturday. The last time active cases were below 9,000 was on Nov. 12. Active cases have been ...

‘Reimagining the Region’ in a Pandemic

Read the Finance section by clicking here Read the Manufacturing and Technology section by clicking here WHEELING — COVID-19 has impacted every facet of life over the past year. We all know someone affected by the coronavirus, either through being diagnosed with the virus or seeing changes ...

Three Cases of UK Variant of COVID-19 Detected in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University on Saturday said it had confirmed three cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in the Morgantown area, and two are WVU students. Genetic sequencing of samples from the WVU Medicine testing program detected the B.1.1.7 variant in Morgantown campus test ...

Cuomo and Newsom: Portraits of Failure During COVID

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, two Democratic governors on opposite ends of the country were hailed as heroes for their leadership in a crisis. Times have changed, though. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California are embroiled in distinct ...

Community College Enrollment Plummets During COVID

PHOENIX (AP) — Peniella Irakoze is cold calling a list of 1,001 fellow students who didn’t return to Phoenix College this semester, checking on how they’re managing during the coronavirus pandemic. The calls have become a regular part of her job at a community college like others across ...

More Than 150K Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in West Virginia

There are now more than 150,000 West Virginians fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources website, 154,798 state residents have received the second shot to fully vaccinate them against the virus. Also, 258,451 people in the Mountain State have ...

U.K. Variant of COVID-19 Found in West Virginia

Three cases of what is commonly known as the UK Variant of the COVID-19 virus have been found in the north central region of West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources announced Friday night. Forty-two other states have reported 1,523 cases of the B.1.1.7, or UK, Variant, ...

Gov. Jim Justice eases some COVID-19 restrictions in West Virginia

CHARLESTON - Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that COVID-19 regulations and rules for restaurants, bars, businesses, grocery stores, and schools will be eased due to plummeting coronavirus cases and increased vaccinations. Justice said he was issuing a series of executive orders Friday to ...

West Virginia’s COVID-19 Outlook Keeps Brightening

West Virginia’s outlook on the Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 alert map continued to look good Wednesday. None of the state’s 55 counties were in the map’s highest-risk category and less than a fifth were in the second-highest-risk category. There were no red counties ...

Marshall County Reports 62nd COVID Death

The Marshall County Health Department reported one new COVID-19-related death in its Tuesday night report, the 62nd such death since the pandemic began. Tuesday’s reported death was that of a 79-year-old man hospitalized at the time of his passing. The county also reported 16 new ...

COVID-19 Claims Officer at Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville

State officials on Monday reported the death of a second correctional officer — a Weirton resident — from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Lt. Delmar Dean, 49, died on Saturday, Gov. Jim Justice, said Monday morning during his regular pandemic briefing. Dean was an officer at the Northern ...

Northern Regional Jail officer dies from COVID-19 complications

State officials on Monday reported the death of a second correctional officer -- a Weirton resident -- from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Lt. Delmar Dean, 49, died on Saturday, Gov. Jim Justice, said Monday morning during his regular pandemic briefing. Dean was an officer at the Northern Regional ...

Hancock County Goes Green on West Virginia COVID-19 Map

The number of green counties on West Virginia’s Sunday COVID-19 alert kept rising — and a Northern Panhandle county joined the party. Meanwhile, the map was totally absent of red counties for the first time in a long time. Hancock County was one of 15 counties on Sunday’s Department of ...