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Following the Coronavirus

Congress Approves $900B COVID Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package Monday night that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Lawmakers tacked on a $1.4 ...

W.Va. Gets Extension of State/Local COVID Aid in New Bill

CHARLESTON — A federal deadline to spend what remains of the $1.25 billion in coronavirus aid to state and local governments by the end of the year was extended in the latest federal COVID-19 package being considered by Congress this week. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., held a call ...

West Virginia School Map Red as Holidays Near

As Christmas break nears for West Virginia schools, students in 49 of the state’s 55 counties are on remote learning, according to Saturday’s West Virginia Department of Education COVID-19 school re-entry map. That list of remote learning counties includes many of the state’s largest ...

Rev. Cummings Makes a Merry Christmas for Area Families

The Rev. Darrell Cummings said cars started lining up at 6 a.m. Saturday in front of Bethlehem Temple’s North Wheeling Dream Center to receive groceries and for children to choose toys. As of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the line extended north on Rt. 2 to Northern Parkway. The format was ...

General Apologizes Over Vaccine Shipments

(AP) — The Army general in charge of getting COVID-19 vaccines across the United States apologized on Saturday for “miscommunication” with states over the number of doses to be delivered in the early stages of distribution. “I failed. I’m adjusting. I am fixing and we will move ...

Tight Supplies for Virus Gear Cost U.S. States Billions

(AP) — Ray Bellia had a good business before the coronavirus pandemic. He topped $4 million in annual sales from his New Hampshire store that specialized in protective gear for police. Then he got a call from a buyer with the state of Massachusetts asking if he had anything that could ...

W.Va.’s Vaccine Shipment Cut by as Much a 45 Percent

CHARLESTON — State officials in charge of COVID-19 vaccine distribution were told Thursday night that West Virginia's allotment of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine could be reduced by as much as 45 percent less than originally promised. "Hiccups are not really permissible when people are dying in ...

Phase 2 of West Virginia’s Vaccine Rollout Could Begin as Soon as March

As the COVID-19 vaccine began to be administered this week to healthcare workers, emergency responders and other critical workers, state officials have announced what Phase 2 of vaccine distribution will look like in the Mountain State. Current estimates have Phase 2 — where the vaccine ...

W.Va. one of several states getting reduced number of vaccines next week

CHARLESTON - State officials in charge of COVID-19 vaccine distribution were told Thursday night that West Virginia's allotment of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine could be reduced by as much as 45 percent less than originally promised. "Hiccups are not really permissible when people are dying in ...

Moderna Vaccine a Step Away From Approval After Panel Endorsement

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government advisory panel endorsed a second COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, paving the way for the shot to be added to the U.S. vaccination campaign. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation for the vaccine from Moderna and the National ...

Ohio County Back to ‘Red’ on COVID-19 Alert Map

Ohio County slipped back into “red” on West Virginia’s COVID-19 alert map Thursday, as the entire Northern Panhandle remained in the map’s highest-risk categories. Ohio joined Hancock and Brooke counties in “red” the state Department of Health and Human Resources alert map, its ...

Ohio, Marshall Counties Begin Next Step in Vaccinations

Ohio and Marshall counties are wasting no time moving down the COVID-19 vaccination alphabet. One day after vaccinations for healthcare workers at Wheeling Hospital — West Virginia’s Phase 1A — began, the Wheeling-Ohio County and Marshall County health departments started Phase 1B, ...

Officials Offer COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said distribution of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine around the state to hospitals, healthcare workers, and long-term living facilities is going smoothly. Justice gave an update Wednesday during his mid-week coronavirus briefing from the State Capitol Building. He ...

Manchin Optimistic About COVID Relief Package

WASHINGTON — An emergency pandemic relief bill to help people and the economy has bipartisan support and will pass the House and Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Wednesday. The compromise package worth more than $900 billion includes $600 payments to individuals, additional ...

Ohio Valley Healthcare Workers Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

WHEELING — Along with protection from a virus that has killed hundreds and sickened thousands in West Virginia, healthcare workers throughout the Ohio Valley also gained hope and relief as they were among the first to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccinations began early Tuesday morning at ...

COVID Death Toll in West Virginia Passes 1,000

COVID-related deaths in West Virginia passed a tragic mark on Tuesday, as more than 1,000 state residents have died from the virus since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, both Marshall and Ohio counties reported another COVID death in their Tuesday night updates. According to the West Virginia ...

COVID-19 vaccine: Wheeling Hospital nurses administer first doses to workers

Tuesday morning, Wheeling Hospital employees that work directly with COVID-19 patients received their first installment of the Pfizer vaccine. Here, physician assistant Dan Burns receives his vaccine at about 6 a.m. Burns was the second person to get vaccinated Tuesday, with nurse aide Debra ...

Justice Encourages Seniors To Get Tested for COVID

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice on Monday encouraged people over 65 to get tested for COVID-19 to more quickly treat them as testing overall has seen a slight decrease. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the total number of test results over a 14-day period ...

‘Healing Is Coming’: U.S. Health Workers Start Getting Vaccine

(AP) — The biggest vaccination campaign in U.S. history kicked off Monday as health workers rolled up their sleeves for shots to protect them from COVID-19 and start beating back the pandemic — a day of optimism even as the nation’s death toll hit a staggering 300,000. “I feel hopeful ...