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Following the Coronavirus

Ohio County ‘Yellow’ Under New COVID-19 School Map

WHEELING — The new COVID-19 school map has been released, and Ohio County is yellow, meaning students will be in school this 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 orange, ...

Dakotas lead US in virus growth as both reject mask rules

By STEPHEN GROVES and DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation, fueling impassioned debates over masks and personal freedom after months in which the two states avoided the worst of the ...

Trump’s virus debate: Project strength or level with public

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." — President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "Men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'" — British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. "One day, it's like a miracle, it will disappear." — ...

Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way?

By CARA ANNA and NICK PERRY Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At this very moment a vast world exists that's free of the coronavirus, where people can mingle without masks and watch the pandemic unfold from thousands of miles away. That world is Antarctica, the only continent without ...

Latest W.Va. COVID-19 map causes confusion for upcoming school week

WHEELING -- Ohio County turned orange this morning when it comes to the number of active COVID-19 cases over the past week. Normally that would mean school would be done remotely and no sports would take place, but now that doesn't appear to be the case. State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, said ...

In a Year of Restrictions, Virus Changes Sept. 11

NEW YORK (AP) — In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged. The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked by dueling ceremonies at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza and a corner near the ...

‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Stimulus Relief Bill Fails in U.S. Senate

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s delegation in the U.S. Senate were on opposite sides on a new scaled down coronavirus relief package that failed to get the needed votes to proceed Thursday. Republicans in the Senate introduced what some called the “skinny package” Wednesday with the ...

Gov. Justice: ‘West Virginians, You’re Going to Have to Buckle Down’

CHARLESTON — As West Virginia’s daily percent of positive COVID-19 cases jumped to the highest number on record since April, Gov. Jim Justice told the state to start taking the virus seriously in order to prevent a return to further lockdown. “West Virginia, we are absolutely getting ...

COVID-19 Cases Up in Ohio County

WHEELING — Ohio County has seen an active week of rising COVID-19 diagnoses, with 15 new cases being reported across the county since Friday, 11 of which occurred at West Liberty University. In a letter sent to students Wednesday, WLU President Stephen Greiner said the university reported 11 ...

Ohio County sees 15 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing 15 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Ohio County. These are new cases since Sept. 4th. Currently, the health department reports a total of 312 cases, including four probable cases and six deaths. Case surveillance, contact tracing and ...

Masked Students Return to Classrooms

GLEN DALE — John Marshall High School was abuzz with more activity than it has seen in six months Tuesday morning, but it was quiet compared to the first day back in previous years. Roughly half of the approximately 1,100 students who attend JMHS entered through its doors for the first day ...

Most W.Va. Counties Return to In-Person Classes Tuesday

CHARLESTON — Tuesday marked the first day of in-person school for a majority of West Virginia counties since March 13 when the state first starting taking the coronavirus seriously, though health and education officials are monitoring staff outbreaks at 11 schools. “It’s been 179 days ...

W.Va. COVID Cases Rise For Second Straight Week

CHARLESTON — Irresponsible college students and outbreaks in churches, nursing homes, and correctional facilities are just some of the causes in a two-week spike in COVID-19 cases according to state officials. “I’ve said this over and over: this disease and this killer is still right ...

WVU Campus Cancels In-Person Classes

MORGANTOWN (AP) — In-person classes will be canceled at West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus on Tuesday, with nearly all undergraduate classes moving online on Wednesday through at least Friday, Sept. 25, according to a school news release. The only exception to online ...

As COVID-19 Cases Drop, Some Governors May Gamble on Bars. Again.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A guy walks into a bar, which still isn’t allowed in Texas. But Jeff Brightwell owns this bar. Two months into an indefinite shutdown, he’s just checking on the place — the tables six feet apart, the “Covid 19 House Rules” sign instructing drinkers not to ...

104-year-old woman keeps busy during COVID-19 pandemic

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nan Currington always sits in the front pew of the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church in Penn Hills. At 104 years old, it isn't always the quickest walk down the aisle, but congregation members know that if they're looking for Mrs. Currington, to just look up front, at ...