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Following the Coronavirus

Ohio County ‘Gold’ in Latest COVID-19 Map

WHEELING — The new COVID-19 school map has been released, and Ohio County is gold, meaning students will be in school four days next week barring enough cases to turn the county red. The school map contradicts the county-level map issued at 10 a.m. Saturday, which showed the county as ...

Wheeling Stabilizes City Finances With CARES Funds

WHEELING — The city of Wheeling has received $3 million in CARES Act reimbursements for municipalities, and the relief funding is being used to help bolster different pillars of the city’s fiscal structure as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact municipal finances. Members of the ...

Candidate Salango Sees COVID-19 Getting Worse for West Virginia

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer WHEELING -- West Virginia Democratic nominee for governor Ben Salango sees COVID 19 cases in the state continuing to increase this fall as current leadership sits on $1.25 billion in federal federal sent to West Virginia to help stop spread of the ...

Ohio County Businesses, Parents Sue Jim Justice Over Executive Orders

WHEELING — Even though Ohio County is in the gold on the County Alert System color-coded map, a group of local businesses and two unidentified parents are seeing red when it comes to Gov. Jim Justice’s executive orders. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the ...

West Virginia Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing in Hot Spots

CHARLESTON — To encourage more West Virginia residents to get tested for the novel coronavirus and reduce positivity rates in counties, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday multiple testing opportunities in gold, orange and red counties. “Any county that is in orange, red or gold, we really ...

Ohio County Schools Set to Go to Four-Day In-Person Classes Next Week

WHEELING — Students in Ohio County Schools should plan to be in their classrooms for in-person instruction four days next week. Students and parents learned Wednesday the school district will be operating on a “Level 1” designation starting Sept. 21. This means all students will go to ...

Justice Gets Pushback From Unions on School Re-entry Plan Changes

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s two teachers’ unions criticized Gov. Jim Justice for changing the school re-entry guidelines yet again, while a parent and attorney in Kanawha County filed a lawsuit to block any use of the re-entry plans and executive orders. The West Virginia Education ...

Changes Made to Calculating COVID-19 Cases in Counties with Colleges

CHARLESTON — State health and higher education officials unveiled a new way of calculating positive cases in counties that are also home to large college student populations, such as Monongalia County. A new executive order released Tuesday night also tightened gathering restrictions in ...

W.Va. Gov. Justice Adds New Color to School Re-entry Map

CHARLESTON — The color-coded school re-entry map parents and school officials rely on during the COVID-19 pandemic is changing yet again. Gov. Jim Justice held a rare online Tuesday briefing with reporters from the Capitol to explain the new County Alert System map. He also laid out new ...

Salango Calls for Local Control of School Opening Decisions

CHARLESTON — Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, the Democratic candidate for governor in the Nov. 3 general election, is calling for local control to return to counties on re-opening decisions. Salango criticized Gov. Jim Justice in a virtual press conference Tuesday morning prior to ...

Northern Panhandle Schools Report Few Call-Offs The First Week

WHEELING — School districts across the nation are reporting a high number of employee call-offs, but that is not happening in the Northern Panhandle, according to local officials. The number of available substitute employees could be of concern in the future, however, if illness strikes a ...

2 Marshall County Schools Close After 2 Workers Test Positive

MOUNDSVILLE — A total of 47 students and staff from Sherrard Middle School and McNinch Elementary School in Marshall County are being quarantined after one case of COVID-19 was reported at each of the schools over the weekend. In-class learning is now canceled for the next two weeks at the ...