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Five more die of COVID-19 in West Virginia

Staff Report CHARLESTON — Five more people have been confirmed to have died from the COVID-19 virus over a 24-hour period in West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources said Tuesday. The state reported in its 10 a.m. Tuesday update of the deaths of an 89-year-old man from ...

Two from Kanawha County die from COVID-19

CHARLESTON — Two more people in West Virginia are confirmed dead from the COVID19 virus over a 24-hour period from Sunday morning, the Department of Health and Human Resources reported on Monday morning. According to the Monday morning COVID-19 update, an 80-year-old woman and a 75-year-old ...

Belpre BOE discusses start of school year

BELPRE — The Belpre City Schools Board of Education held its first meeting Monday afternoon since allowing students back to school to begin the 2020-2021 school year. Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley used his time during the meeting to say how well everyone from the ...

Four West Virginia counties at red alert on virus map

CHARLESTON — Four counties in West Virginia are in the red category in the latest Department of Education School Alert System Map. The color-coded map, based on information from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources was posted Saturday and reviewed by the COVID-19 Data ...

Habitat for Humanity dedicates Parkersburg home

PARKERSBURG — A Habitat for Humanity home, the first completed since the pandemic began, was dedicated on 11th Avenue in South Parkersburg Saturday for the family of Xzantheia Watson. “We are thrilled to dedicate the first Habitat home in 2020,” Alvin Phillips, executive director ...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes a different path amid pandemic

WILLIAMSTOWN — Although this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s event was different from previous years, those who participated were able to spread awareness and offer support to those who are affected by the disease. Mary Corra and Virginia Peterson are sisters who work to raise funds ...

West Virginia: 13 succumb to virus throughout weekend

CHARLESTON — The Department of Health and Human Resources this weekend reported another 13 confirmed deaths from the virus since Friday morning for a total of 310 in West Virginia. The department in its 10 a.m. Sunday update reported two deaths since its Saturday update when it reported 11 ...

Ohio County lawsuit challenges Justice executive orders

CHARLESTON — Even though Ohio County is in the gold on the County Alert System color-coded map, a group of local businesses and two unidentified parents are seeing red when it comes to Gov. Jim Justice’s executive orders. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the ...

W.Va. sees 253 new COVID-19 cases

Staff Report More than 250 new cases of the virus were received in West Virginia over the 24 hours from Thursday to Friday morning, the Department of Health and Human Resources said its 10 a.m. Friday update. Three more deaths from the virus also were confirmed over the 24-hour period, ...

Wood County Schools to stay on blended format

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools will continue to use the blended learning format in the foreseeable future according to Superintendent Will Hosaflook, despite the county entering the “yellow” zone phase after reports released by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources ...

Positive COVID-19 case reported at Kenna Elementary School

KENNA — One positive COVID-19 case was reported at Kenna Elementary School as reported by the Jackson County Health Department. According to a press release from Jackson County Schools, all individuals who were in contact with the positive case have been notified and are in quarantine. On ...

Changes made to calculating positive COVID-19 cases in counties with colleges

CHARLESTON — State health and higher education officials unveiled a new way of calculating positive cases in counties that are also home to large college student populations, such as Monongalia County. A new executive order released Tuesday night also tightened gathering restrictions in ...

Justice gets pushback on school re-entry plan changes from teachers’ unions

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s two teachers’ unions criticized Gov. Jim Justice for changing the school re-entry guidelines yet again, while a parent and attorney in Kanawha County filed a lawsuit to block any use of the re-entry plans and executive orders. The West Virginia Education ...

Kanawha County parent challenges school re-entry plan in court

CHARLESTON — A preliminary injunction request was filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court on Monday to block enforcement of Gov. Jim Justice’s executive orders for school re-entry and his color-coded school re-entry map. Kanawha County resident Alex McLaughlin, a parent, filed for the ...

Report: Inmate’s death involved COVID-19 complications

CHARLESTON — Autopsy results show the July death of an inmate at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex from an underlying health condition also involved complications from the COVID-19 virus, the state of West Virginia reported on Wednesday. Also, a more recent death of an inmate at Mount ...

W.Va. sees another 200 COVID-19 cases

Staff Report CHARLESTON — A fourth 200-plus increase in positive cases of the virus over a 24-hour period since Aug. 31 was reported on Wednesday by the West Virginia Department of Human Resources. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there has been 13,196 positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, up ...

Virus transmission rates increase in Wood County

PARLERSBURG — As of Tuesday, Wood County phased into yellow on the county alert system for coronavirus cases, according to an update from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Wood County was previously operating under green, which indicated that there were 3 or less ...

Justice changes school re-entry metrics again

CHARLESTON — The color-coded school re-entry map parents and school officials rely on during the COVID-19 pandemic is changing yet again. Gov. Jim Justice held a rare online Tuesday briefing with reporters from the Capitol to explain the new County Alert System map. He also laid out new ...

Salango calls for local control of school opening decisions

CHARLESTON — Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, a Democratic candidate for governor in the Nov. 3 general election, called Tuesday for local control to return to counties on re-opening decisions. Salango criticized Gov. Jim Justice in a virtual press conference Tuesday morning prior to ...