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Following the Coronavirus

Changes Made to COVID-19 Testing at Wheeling Park

Patients undergoing coronavirus testing at Wheeling Park won’t be required to first undergo tests for flu or strep throat beginning Wednesday, Wheeling Hospital officials announced Monday. Since it opened earlier this month, patients at the drive-thru testing site were initially tested for ...

First Digital Vote Cast By West Virginian with Physical Disability

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman last week became the first person with a disability to electronically vote from her home in West Virginia. Belle resident Terra Muncy cast the first vote Friday for the primary election, which is May 12, doing so from the comfort of her front porch in a ...

Three Workers at Hillman Cancer Center Diagnosed with COVID-19

STEUBENVILLE – UPMC has confirmed three members of the medical oncology team at its Hillman Cancer Center, part of the Tony Teramana Cancer Center at Trinity Health System, have tested positive for COVID-19. UPMC spokeswoman Cynthia Patton confirmed the infection and issued a brief statement ...

World virus infections top 800,000; Spain sees record deaths

By ARITZ PARRA, DAVID RISING and NICK PERRY Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain's coronavirus deaths jumped by a record number Tuesday as the country's medical system strained to care for its tens of thousands of infected patients and the world total climbed to more than 800,000 case. ...

Europe’s hospitals among the best but can’t handle pandemic

By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — As increasing numbers of European hospitals buckle under the strain of tens of thousands of coronavirus patients, the crisis has exposed a surprising paradox: Some of the world's best health systems are remarkably ill-equipped to handle a ...

White House turns to statistical models for virus forecast

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Like forecasters tracking a megastorm, White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible. The ...

Extroverts (and introverts, too) face quarantine challenges

By DEEPTI HAJELA Associated Press Within days, Vicktery Zimmerman had figured out how to connect with friends and family even as she and her husband shelter in place at their Chicago home. There are the FaceTime calls. There's the movie night (remote, of course) with another couple. ...

Stranded cruise ship hit by virus begs Florida to dock

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON undefined MIAMI (AP) — As a cruise ship stranded at sea with dozens sick and four dead makes for Florida, passengers who have been confined to their rooms for more than a week are anxious for relief, hoping Gov. Ron DeSantis will change his mind and allow them to ...

Brazilian pews become trenches in fight against quarantine

By DIANE JEANTET Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like every Sunday, Brazilian Pastor Silas Malafaia took the stage of his Pentecostal temple in a middle-class Rio de Janeiro neighborhood. But this week, he wore a T-shirt instead of a blazer and, behind the three cameras ...

‘Please come help us’: New York begs for medical workers

By JOCELYN NOVECK, LARRY NEUMEISTER and MARINA VILLENEUVE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York's governor urgently appealed for medical volunteers Monday amid a "staggering" number of coronavirus deaths, as he and health officials warned that the crisis unfolding in New York City is ...

Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus

By DAVID PITT and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the ...

Justice Order Is Defensible

In normal times, organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union would have been on the phone with Gov. Jim Justice’s office within minutes of the press conference he held Monday. These are as far from normal times as most Americans can remember. Even the days following the Sept. ...

Protect School Staffs

As COVID-19 spreads through the Mountain State, thousands of children continue to receive meals from their schools. They are prepared by school cooks and often distributed by school personnel, sometimes with help from others. While we think continuing to provide food to the children is ...

Consol Idles Baily Mine After Two Workers Test Positive for Coronavirus

CANONSBURG, Pa. — Consol Energy Inc. released more information Monday about the closure of Bailey Mine for 14 days, after finding out that two employees tested positive for COVID-19. Both workers are in self-isolation for 14 days. The Southpoine-based company said in a news release it found ...

Kalsey’s Olympic Hopes Altered by COVID-19

Four years ago Marissa Kalsey was recovering from a serious ankle injury that derailed not only her bid to become an NCAA Division II outdoor pole vault champion, but any hope of making a run for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Fast forward to 2020 and the Waynesburg Central and Westminster ...

Pennsylvania stay-home order extended to April 30 as virus cases spike

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, MARK SCOLFORO and CLAUDIA LAUER undefined HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that all schools will remain closed indefinitely as Pennsylvania reported nearly 700 new cases of the coronavirus. Wolf also extended his order to stay at home to more ...

Ohio County Positive Coronavirus Cases Reach Double-Digits

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department on Monday announced three new positive COVID-19 cases in the county. Currently, the health department is monitoring 10 cases (one early case has been transferred to California). Ohio County and Ohio Valley residents are advised to limit public ...

Gov. DeWine: Ohio Schools Will Remain Closed Through May 1

Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday afternoon extended the order closing public schools in the state, announcing that they will remain closed through May 1. DeWine made the move one day after President Donald Trump said social distancing recommendations for the entire nation would remain in place ...

Macy’s to furlough majority of its 130,000 workers

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's says it will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chain closed its stores in response to collapsing sales during the pandemic. The majority of its 130,000, including stock people and ...