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Coronavirus

Wait times at Wood County COVID-19 test sites rising

PARKERSBURG — Health officials say people seeking free COVID-19 tests at an event in Vienna today should be prepared to wait an hour or more. Demand is increasing along with the number of confirmed virus cases. Wood County moved back into the red classification on West Virginia’s map ...

Camden Clark Medical Center weighing services amid COVID spike

PARKERSBURG — The WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg is looking at how it performs its needed services as local COVID-19 numbers are on the rise. Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday elective surgeries will be limited due to shrinking bed capacity at state hospitals due ...

Justice decries latest COVID-19 death numbers

CHARLESTON — As COVID-19 death totals in West Virginia continue their ghastly climb, Gov. Jim Justice expressed both his condolences and his frustration. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources, 778 West Virginians have died from the coronavirus as of Wednesday. Since ...

Daughter, Seufer remember Williamstown councilman

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown City Councilmember Jim Parker, 52, passed away late Tuesday night from complications due to COVID-19 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, according to his daughter Jessica Huffman. “He was on life support and the medical team ...

Bake Boxes give Williamstown students tasty hands-on projects

WILLIAMSTOWN — Students in Williamstown High School’s Baking and Pastry Foundations class are taking home “Bake Boxes” this week as part of a series of tasty and hands-on lessons. The students picked up the baking boxes Monday at Williamstown High and will use the ingredients to ...

Two COVID-19 deaths in Wetzel County

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia officials announced 20 COVID-19-related deaths Wednesday, including two Wetzel County residents. A 99-year-old woman and 95-year-old man from Wetzel County were among those whose deaths were confirmed in the 24-hour period before the state Department of Health ...

West Virginia to offer free at-home COVID-19 tests

CHARLESTON — State officials announced Wednesday another option for West Virginians to get tested for COVID-19 without leaving their homes. Gov. Jim Justice said the state would pay for COVID-19 tests that use saliva instead of nasal swabs that can be sent to residents’ homes instead of ...

Salvation Army adapts annual Red Kettle campaign

VIENNA — Some of the iconic red kettles of the Salvation Army of Parkersburg have acquired a new look this week and will be on display through Saturday at the Grand Central Mall. “This year, the need is greater than ever, and we need to think of new ways to involve the community in order ...

West Virginia to offer free at-home COVID-19 tests

CHARLESTON - State officials announced Wednesday another option for West Virginians to get tested for COVID-19 without leaving their homes. West Virginia is partnering with New York-based Vault Health to offer at-home saliva tests free of charge to state residents. Residents will be able to go ...

Parkersburg Municipal Planning Commission forwards 2030 plan

PARKERSBURG — The Municipal Planning Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to forward Parkersburg’s 2030 comprehensive plan update to Parkersburg City Council for approval. Required by West Virginia law to be revisited and revised every 10 years, the plan provides guidelines – not ...

More COVID-19 deaths in the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — For the second day in a row, COVID-19 deaths were reported in Wood and Ritchie counties. An 81-year-old Wood County man and a 92-year-old Ritchie County woman were among 23 people whose deaths from COVID-19 were announced Tuesday morning by the West Virginia Department of ...

Belpre City Schools deadline looms for in-person, virtual learning

BELPRE — Parents of Belpre City Schools students will have until Dec. 8 to choose between in-person or virtual learning for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year in a statement released by Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley on Monday. The decision is a follow-up of parents ...

W.Va. ends November with higher COVID-19 numbers

CHARLESTON — With West Virginia closing the chapter on November and state officials expressing hope the vaccines can be distributed in December, the state experienced its worst month ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The bottom line is we can’t stop this today,” Gov. Jim Justice ...

COVID-19 deaths reported in Wood, Ritchie counties

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — The lives of a Wood County resident and a Ritchie County resident are among the most recent claimed by COVID-19 in West Virginia. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department on Sunday announced the deaths, without providing additional information about the ...

Wood County certifies election results

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Commission has done the final certification of the election results and discussed the continuing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the area. The commission signed the papers on Monday officially certifying the results of the 2020 General Election. Last week, ...

Staffing levels force DMV office changes

CHARLESTON — A few regional Division of Motor Vehicles offices are having to change their in-person services due to the lack of staffing. The Kanawha City office will only be open on an appointment basis and the Point Pleasant office will be closed until further notice, according to a press ...

River Cities Symphony Orchestra slates 2 virtual performances

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — The River Cities Symphony Orchestra will close out its fall season with a pair of virtual performances, including a Christmas treat. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, award-winning concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman will perform a challenging repertoire on Facebook ...

Mid-Ohio Valley health officials set times for more COVID-19 tests

PARKERSBURG — With Wood and Ritchie counties orange on West Virginia’s COVID-19 map and Wirt County red, free virus testing events have been announced. On Monday, tests will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. at Mineral Wells Elementary School and 1-4 p.m. at the Mid-Ohio Valley Health ...

Marietta hospitals bar visitors amid COVID outbreak

MARIETTA — Another consequence of rising coronavirus cases in the fall surge have hit the Mid-Ohio Valley. In Marietta, Memorial Health System has announced it is operating under new visitor restrictions and is allowing no visitors at this time, with few exceptions. Total hospitalizations ...