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Coronavirus

Easter egg hunts getting creative in era of social-distancing

PARKERSBURG — All throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley, groups are gearing up to celebrate Easter, while still following the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines amidst the coronavirus. One of the many ways the community is getting in the spirit is by holding social distance egg ...

Catholic schools, students experience new normal

WHEELING — Classrooms in West Virginia may be empty, but remote learning illustrates the strength of Catholic schools in meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are not just trying to deal with things and get through this uncertain time. We are taking what some see as a mess ...

Solvay supplying material for medical face shields

MARIETTA — Solvay Specialty Polymers is supplying plastic pellets used to manufacture face shields to protect medical personnel from COVID-19 infection. The company will supply “high-performance, medical-grade transparent film” to airplane-maker Boeing for its production of face ...

Red Lobsters throughout region close temporarily

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As the coronavirus continues to spread across Ohio and the nation, two regional businesses are closing their doors temporarily. The Red Lobster restaurant at the Ohio Valley Plaza in St. Clairsville and the Boscov’s department store at the Ohio Valley Mall are now closed. ...

Highmark West Virginia announces grants

PITTSBURGH — Highmark Inc. and the Highmark Foundation this week announced $307,000 in grants to West Virginia organizations assisting people during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our company has a long history of helping communities in times of need, and there’s no greater time than now,” ...

Riverview Credit Union offers program

MARIETTA — Riverview Credit Union, with offices in Washington and Wood counties, has announced a special short-term lending program to help members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Riverview Credit Union is implementing a zero interest, short-term loan program of up to $1,500 for members, ...

Construction resumes at Wood County Technical Center

PARKERSBURG — Work resumed this week at the Wood County Technical Center after a pause in construction due to COVID-19 concerns. Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, who oversees facilities and construction for Wood County Schools, said a smaller crew returned to the site this ...

Wood County COVID-19 cases total eight

PARKERSBURG — The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Wood County rose to eight Friday. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announced three more confirmed cases in a release Friday afternoon. The department said its response team will contact people who may have had close personal contact ...

Constellium sees four employees test positive for virus

RAVENSWOOD — Four employees of Constellium Rolled Products in Ravenswood have tested positive for the coronavirus. “As of today (Friday) four of our team have tested positive for the coronavirus. In conjunction with the health department and CDC guidelines, we have taken the necessary ...

Parkersburg City Council to hold one April meeting, remotely

PARKERSBURG — The next time Parkersburg City Council meets, most people participating likely won’t be in council chambers. This month’s meetings were tentatively planned for April 7 and 21, the first and third Tuesdays of the month rather than the traditional second and fourth, largely ...

Foundations team up to help in pandemic

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Fund supporting basic and emergency needs for citizens received a boost from another local organization as they work to assist the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sisters Health Foundation recently awarded $25,000 to the ...

West Virginia AG warns of utility shutoff scam

CHARLESTON — Impostors claiming to represent a utility service are threatening service shut offs because of nonpayment during the coronavirus pandemic, the attorney general of West Virginia Friday said. The state’s largest utilities including American Electric Power, First Energy, Dominion ...

Glenwood, Harmar Place accepting medical supply donations

MARIETTA — Two assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in Marietta are accepting donations of needed medical supplies and handmade cloth masks as the Mid-Ohio Valley prepares for an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases. The supplies will help to protect residents and healthcare teams ...

Holy Week celebrations to be televised, live streamed

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,. which has suspended public Masses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will live stream and televise Holy Week celebrations including the Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday Mass. Through the sponsorship of the Welty Corp., Mass of the ...

IRS warns of COVID-19 rescue scams

WASHINGTON — The IRS is warning residents to be on the alert of scams involving COVID-19 economic impact payments. “During this time of crisis, scammers and thieves prey on those most vulnerable in our community in an attempt to personally benefit by stealing their money and personal ...

Camden Clark Medical Center working to contain COVID-19

PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark is working to put space between patients who might be infected with the novel coronavirus and others receiving care. The hospital opened a dedicated COVID-19 care unit in preparation for a possible increase in cases. The president of the West Virginia ...

Three more cases of virus in Wood County

Three more cases have tested positive of the COVID-19 virus in Wood County, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announced on Friday afternoon. The three brings the total to eight positive cases in Wood County, the department said. The health department response team will contact persons who ...

Wood County sees three more test positive for coronavirus

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department began investigating three more positive COVID-19 cases in Wood County Thursday. That brings the total in the county to five. Health department public information officer Carrie Brainard said Thursday that she did not have information on ...

Additional Wood County Schools meals available today

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools officials have announced four more student meal distributions will be held today. The meals are intended for families that were unable to pick up food earlier this week at locations throughout the district. Volunteers Wednesday handed out about 6,000 boxes, ...