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Wood County resident among COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — One person from Wood County was confirmed as a death from the COVID-19 coronavirus Wednesday morning from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state confirmed the death of a76-year-old male from Wood County, according to the Wednesday morning pandemic ...

State BOE approves return to in-person instruction

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education approved unanimous decisions Tuesday that PreK-8 students will return to in-person instruction five days a week and grades 9-12 to attend five days a week in person for counties that are not red. During a press conference Friday, Gov. ...

11 new COVID deaths reported

Staff Report CHARLESTON — Eleven additional deaths were confirmed from the virus in the 24-hour period from Monday to Tuesday morning, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported on Tuesday. The total since the pandemic began a year ago is 2,274 residents, the ...

West Virginia’s COVID numbers at lowest since November

CHARLESTON — West Virginia continues to see drops on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to a succussful vaccination effort. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the number of positive cases over a 14-day period between Feb. 8 and Feb. 21 was ...

Wood County COVID-19 vaccination rate trails others

PARKERSBURG — Nearly 14,000 Wood County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to statistics from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. That represents 16.5 percent of the county’s population, the eighth-lowest total in the state. ...

West Virginia bill providing checks on health departments up for passage

CHARLESTON — Local health departments and Senate Democratic leaders are concerned a bill meant to provide oversight to local health departments would interfere with public health and erode morale of overworked health officials. Senate Bill 12 is up for passage today in the state Senate. It ...

West Virginia officials slate vaccination clinics

CHARLESTON — Vaccination clinics are scheduled this week in local counties and around West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force for COVID-19 Vaccines said in a joint release. The vaccination ...

Memorial Health Foundation raises $1.3M for COVID-19 care

MARIETTA — Since March 2020, more than $1.3 million has been raised to assist Memorial Health System with COVID-19 care. Some $700,000 was raised between December and February for patient care and to operationalize a vaccination clinic for the region. For the past 40 years, the foundation ...

U.K. COVID-19 variant found in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Three cases of the U.K. variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in West Virginia, the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the B.1.1.7 variant was identified in the ...

West Virginia eases some COVID-19 restrictions

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that COVID-19 regulations and rules for restaurants, bars, businesses, grocery stores, and schools will be eased due to plummeting coronavirus cases and increased vaccinations. Justice said he was issuing a series of executive orders Friday to ...

Jackson, Wood residents die of COVID-19

CHARLESTON — Three people from the region are among the deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed on Friday, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources. The state confirmed the deaths of two 87-year-old men from Jackson County and a 63-year-old man from Wood County. ...

Governor eases pandemic restrictions in West Virginia

CHARLESTON - Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that COVID-19 regulations and rules for restaurants, bars, businesses, grocery stores and schools will be eased due to plummeting coronavirus cases and increased vaccinations. Justice said he was issuing a series of executive orders Friday to ...

Wood County officials mull trial locations

PARKERSBURG — County officials are still looking into alternative venues to conduct upcoming trials. Wood County Commissioner Robert Tebay on Thursday asked Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure if court officials have given any more consideration to holding trials at the Smoot Theatre in ...

Officials report three Wood County COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — Three residents of Wood County were confirmed Thursday as among deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state confirmed the deaths of a 91-year-old woman, an 84-year-old woman and an 87-year-old woman from Wood ...

MOV Health Department: Weather shouldn’t hamper second COVID vaccine doses

PARKERSBURG — Delays in getting a second COVID-19 inoculation because of this week’s wintry weather should have no impact on the vaccine’s effectiveness, a Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department official said. “After the date that they’re supposed to get the second dose, we have six to ...

Stonerise adjusts visitor guidelines

PARKERSBURG — Stonerise, a provider of transitional and skilled nursing care that operates the former Eagle Pointe Skilled Nursing Center in Parkersburg, announced Thursday new guidelines for in-person patient visits at its centers. Skilled nursing centers can begin welcoming visitors under ...

Justice talks reducing COVID restrictions

CHARLESTON — The governor may discuss easing pandemic restrictions on schools and businesses Friday, he said during Wednesday’s COVID-19 briefing. Gov. Jim Justice also announced additional dosages of the vaccines next week and changes to the state coronavirus information dashboard to ...

Mid-Ohio Valley churches continue Ash Wednesday tradition amid pandemic

BELPRE — Like so many activities and traditions in the last year, Ash Wednesday 2021 looked a little different around the Mid-Ohio Valley. Instead of spreading the ashes in the shape of a cross on the foreheads of parishioners to mark the start of the Lenten season, Father John Rice, ...