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Coronavirus

Justice delays school start to Sept. 8

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education continues to develop reopening guidelines for schools this fall, but officials Wednesday cautioned each school system would be responsible for its own reopening plans. The discussion came even as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced ...

West Virginia mask order may get teeth if virus spike continues

CHARLESTON — More than 48 hours after Gov. Jim Justice signed a mandatory but toothless executive order requiring face masks inside offices and businesses, Justice said penalties for not wearing masks could be coming if coronavirus cases continue to spike. Justice signed an executive order ...

Minnie Hamilton CEO self-quarantining

GRANTSVILLE — Steve Whited, CEO for Minnie Hamilton Health System, reportedly was in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 during a small wedding ceremony but neither he nor his family members are showing symptoms. According to a news release from Whited, his family attended ...

Commission discusses COVID-19 spike

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is continuing to deal with the increase in local COVID-19 cases and when the county might expect its share of federal money the state has received to deal with the pandemic. During the commission’s regular Monday meeting, officials discussed the ...

Parkersburg City Council candidates mull campaigning in a pandemic

PARKERSBURG —Parkersburg City Council candidate Wendy Tuck was looking forward to gathering with folks Saturday for an Independence Day-themed art exhibit at City Park. But with the number of local COVID-19 cases increasing, she postponed what would have been her first meet-the-candidate ...

Parkersburg Care Center employee tests positive for COVID-19

PARKERSBURG - The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department and Parkersburg Care Center announced this evening that an employee of the short- and long-term rehabilitation facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The worker originally tested negative in a screening of all employees on July 1 ...

U.S. churches holding in-person services as restrictions ease

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 ...

Parkersburg YMCA receives donation from Wendy’s

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg has received a charitable contribution of $2,500 from local Wendy’s restaurants for its Toddler Childcare and Club-Ed programs, both established to meet a need of the community during the pandemic. Wendy’s, in its commitment to sustaining a vibrant ...

Wood County COVID-19 cases continue climbing

PARKERSBURG — Wood County headed into the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a total of COVID-19 cases in the triple digits. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department on Friday afternoon announced there has been a total of 114 cases since March, with 59 of them considered active, meaning an ...

Hino pausing production in July

PARKERSBURG — Hino Motors Manufacturing USA is halting production for a month. The truck manufacturing facility paused production on March 23 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Work on trucks scheduled in March resumed in June, said Steve Stalnaker, senior vice president and manager of ...

Patrons weigh in on return to indoor dining

Now that restaurants and bars across the country are slowly reopening, experimenting with limited capacities and social distancing guidelines in their dining rooms, patrons have been wrestling with whether they feel comfortable to sit at an indoor eating space that isn’t their home. Oren and ...

Report: Energy key to economic recovery

PARKERSBURG — Reliable and affordable energy will have a key role in the economic recovery after the pandemic, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy about the benefits to the region and the country of shale gas development. “Appalachian Energy and Petrochemical ...

Farrar Scientific Corp. awarded project contract

MARIETTA — Farrar Scientific Corp announces they have been awarded a large project for the supply of specialty -70C bulk storage chambers in North America. The Large-Scale Storage Unit (LSSU) -70C room project, (as depicted in the photo), is through a strategic partnership with Lowenco based ...

Washington County Public Library reopens

MARIETTA — After being closed for months, most of the branches of the Washington County Public Library reopened Monday. Although the libraries have been offering curbside service, this will be the first time the stacks are open to the public for several months. With the exception of the ...

West Virginia University students test positive for virus

MORGANTOWN — At least 10 students at West Virginia University are among the 13 new cases testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, the university and the Monongalia County Health Department reported. Investigations and contact tracing are ongoing and several of the students are known to have ...

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival 5K a victim of virus

MARIETTA — The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival 5K scheduled for Sept. 26 has been canceled, an organizer said. The race has been rescheduled for May 29, Evy Bryant, the race chairperson. Events have been affected this year because of the pandemic. Last week, officials announced the 45th ...

Wood County continues to see increase in COVID-19 cases

PARKERSBURG — On Thursday, June 25, Wood County had a total 59 positive COVID-19 cases, by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department’s count. As of Wednesday, that number had jumped to 86, an increase of nearly 46 percent. “Right now, I think we’re at a point where it’s either going to ...

Virus cases shoot up in Wood County

PARKERSBURG — Wood County's number of positive COVID-19 cases has nearly doubled in a little more than a week. According to a release this afternoon from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, there have been 114 positive cases since March, 28 of them recorded in the last two days. On ...

Justice gives notice: Wearing masks in buildings may become mandatory

CHARLESTON — As cases of the coronavirus spike across the country and in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice said 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 to ...