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Following the Coronavirus

C.A.R.E.S. Act Funding Coming Along Slowly

While state-level politicians have concerns over how funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act is being disbursed, a Marshall County official said the funding is being distributed somewhat slowly, but it’s coming. Marshall County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel ...

Justice: Mask-Wearing Could Become Mandatory

CHARLESTON — As cases of the coronavirus spike across the country and in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he is seriously considering mandating face masks and covering in buildings. “I am very seriously considering that at the beginning of next week we may very well have to go ...

Local Health Officials Hopeful Of Mask Mandate

WHEELING — Local health officials said they would overwhelmingly support a statewide mandate requiring people to wears masks indoors after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice floated the idea Thursday. While Justice said he has not made a final decision about requiring masks to be worn in public, ...

Ohio County Schools Considering Five-Day In-School Week

WHEELING — Administrators with Ohio County Schools still want students back in the classroom five days each week when classes start next month, but they acknowledge that plan could change if local coronavirus threats continue to increase. Students spent the last nine weeks of this past ...

DeWine Unveils Color-Coded Alert System

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio has new guidelines for returning to classrooms this fall, as well as a new color-coded, county-by-county coronavirus alert and advisory system to assess which areas may be seeing flare-ups of cases and should take additional precautions. Gov. Mike DeWine made the ...

Confirmed Cases Are Rising in 40 of 50 States

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four U.S. states — Arizona, California, Florida and Texas — reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend. With the number of daily confirmed ...

Sen. Manchin Criticizes Gov. Justice’s C.A.R.E.S. Act Plans

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s lone Democratic U.S. Senator took to the airwaves Tuesday to express his frustrations with Gov. Jim Justice, what he calls the slow pace of distributing funding to local governments and a plan to use coronavirus relief funds for highway projects. Sen. Joe ...

Fourth of July Fireworks, Events Still Planned in Ohio Valley

WHEELING – After Wheeling’s beloved annual Fourth of July concert at Heritage Port was canceled in late May in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, there were concerns that local communities would have no way to celebrate the holiday together. However, residents of the Ohio Valley will still ...

Mask Wearing Now Mandatory in Pa. After COVID-19 Spikes

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine issued an order Wednesday requiring residents to wear masks, with exception, when leaving their homes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise, especially in Allegheny County. The order requires mask wearing indoors where the public is ...

Updated: Five new COVID-19 cases announced in Ohio County

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced it had received confirmation of three new positive COVID-19 cases in the county. Two more positive cases came Wednesday morning, bringing the county's cumulative total of positives to 95 since the start of the ...

Another COVID-19 Spike Expected in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Another surge in new COVID-19 coronavirus cases is expected as the Belmont County Health Department receives more positive results. Deputy Director Robert Sproul reported five new cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of positive tests in the county to 559. The chief ...

Young Adults Driving Spike in COVID Cases in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Much like other states across the nation, West Virginia is seeing a spike in coronavirus cases partly driven by young adults in their 20s. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources’ coronavirus dashboard, 17 percent of the state’s positive COVID-19 ...

Gov. Justice: State Active Coronavirus Cases Still Overreported

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice remained upset Monday about the number of active cases of COVID-19 on the website that tracks the data in West Virginia and again defended the forced resignation of the state’s health officer. Justice, speaking Monday during a coronavirus briefing at the ...

Outdoor Activities at Oglebay Institute Popular During Pandemic

WHEELING — As several families participated in Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Environmental Education Center’s Salamander Search in a small stream along Falls Drive last week, one thing was quite apparent: Their enjoyment of being outdoors in the midst of nature. While indoor summer ...

Recreational Activities Return as Fourth of July Holiday Approaches

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened while others plan to do so later this week, just in ...

Monroe Care Center Clear of COVID-19

WOODSFIELD – The Stellar Care Center in Woodsfield has announced it is now completely free of COVID-19 after fighting off the coronavirus for more than a month. Earlier this week, the senior living facility announced that all residents and staff of the facility now test negative for the ...