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Coronavirus

Wood County resident among latest tallied virus deaths

Staff Report CHARLESTON — A resident from Wood County is among the deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed Wednesday morning by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state reported the death of a 65-year-old man from Wood County in the department’s ...

CDC, FDA recommend pause in J&J virus shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has paused all Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration according to the recommendation today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Clinics scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson ...

West Virginia officials voice faith in vaccines

CHARLESTON — The faith-based community can take a leadership role in encouraging residents to become vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus, state officials said Monday. “Many parishioners are watching the heads of the parishes, whether it’s the pastors or the reverends or the ...

West Virginia reports eight COVID deaths over weekend

CHARLESTON — No deaths from the virus were reported from Sunday to Monday mornings to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the state said on Monday. Eight additional deaths were reported over the weekend from the virus from Friday morning to Sunday morning, according ...

COVID-19 variant found in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Another variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus has been found in West Virginia, state officials said on Friday. The South African variant was found during testing in Berkeley County, Gov. Jim Justice said during his Friday morning pandemic briefing. The mutant strain is in 36 ...

West Virginia reports two new COVID deaths

CHARLESTON —Two more people were confirmed as deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus in West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources said on Friday. Deaths of residents from Brooke and Nicholas counties were reported in the 24-hour period from Thursday to Friday morning, the ...

Manchin to West Virginia officials: Put COVID funds to good use

PARKERSBURG — A U.S. senator wants West Virginia to be the model of how federal COVID-19 relief money should be spent. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was in Parkersburg Thursday, meeting with local leaders in Parkersburg City Council Chambers about what communities can expect from the ...

West Virginia reports 13 new COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON —Another 13 deaths because of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in the 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said on Thursday. The state confirmed the deaths of residents from Morgan, Marshall, ...

Jackson Pool to open in June

VIENNA — With summer right around the corner, the City of Vienna announced plans to open Jackson Pool with regulations to deal with the novel coronavirus. The pool season will tentatively run from June 7 through Aug. 15, but could potentially change in light of the pandemic. Despite ...

Manchin details local funding from American Rescue Plan

PARKERSBURG — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was in Parkersburg Thursday to talk to local leaders about what communities can expect from funding in the American Rescue Plan. The direct funding will be given to counties and communities for COVID-19 recovery, water, sewer and broadband ...

West Virginia receives federal approval for S.N.A.P. allotments

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Children and Families has been approved by the federal government to issue emergency supplemental allotments to households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds in the ongoing response to ...

West Virginia receives another $28M for COVID-19 vaccines

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will receive $28.4 million to support and expand COVID-19 vaccine programs across the state, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said. The funds are through the American Rescue Plan and are distributed through the U.S. ...

Justice continues to encourage COVID vaccinations

CHARLESTON — Vaccination is the prime directive for the state of West Virginia against the COVID-19 coronavirus, officials reiterated during the governor’s pandemic briefing on Wednesday. Vaccination is a protection against the deadlier and more infectious variants of the virus that ...

Manchin says all health centers in West Virginia can order vaccine

WASHINGTON — All Health Resources and Services Administration-funded health centers and look-alike health centers in West Virginia have been invited to participate in the COVID-19 Vaccine Program, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday. The program allows 31 health centers in West Virginia to ...

Two COVID deaths in Wetzel County

CHARLESTON — Two people from Wetzel County were among the 15 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus reported Wednesday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state reported the deaths of an 86-year-old man and an 85-year-old man from Wetzel. Also confirmed ...

4 Mid-Ohio Valley health centers allotted $8M

PARKERSBURG — Like many other designated recipients, health centers in the region are awaiting further instructions before making plans for the money allotted to them in the American Rescue Plan. “A lot of that’s up in the air,” Minnie Hamilton Health System CEO Steve Whited said. ...

Two Wood County residents among COVID-19 deaths

Staff Report Two people from Wood County were among the 11 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus reported on Tuesday morning by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state reported the deaths of an 82-year-old man and a 97-year-old woman from Wood County, ...

Arts Encounter plans changes

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge has announced a change in its annual Arts Encounter program for middle school students this year. Presenters will go to the schools rather than students coming downtown for programs, according to Amanda Stevens, executive director of Artsbridge. Participating ...

Justice to West Virginia youth: Get vaccinated

CHARLESTON — COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are making a slow and steady comeback in West Virginia, largely due to increased spread among older teenagers and young adults and variants of the coronavirus. “This is just the beginning of a shot across your bow if you happen to be a ...

Mid-Ohio Valley vaccination clinics sometimes search for patients

PARKERSBURG — Drawing from a vial of COVID-19 vaccine starts a ticking clock to administer doses. That’s why even as appointments continue to be made for vaccination clinics, health officials sometimes find themselves searching for eligible arms. “You have to use the entire vial within ...