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Coronavirus

Two Wood County residents among COVID-19 deaths

Staff Report Two people from Wood County were among the 11 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus reported on Tuesday morning by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state reported the deaths of an 82-year-old man and a 97-year-old woman from Wood County, ...

Arts Encounter plans changes

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge has announced a change in its annual Arts Encounter program for middle school students this year. Presenters will go to the schools rather than students coming downtown for programs, according to Amanda Stevens, executive director of Artsbridge. Participating ...

Justice to West Virginia youth: Get vaccinated

CHARLESTON — COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are making a slow and steady comeback in West Virginia, largely due to increased spread among older teenagers and young adults and variants of the coronavirus. “This is just the beginning of a shot across your bow if you happen to be a ...

Mid-Ohio Valley vaccination clinics sometimes search for patients

PARKERSBURG — Drawing from a vial of COVID-19 vaccine starts a ticking clock to administer doses. That’s why even as appointments continue to be made for vaccination clinics, health officials sometimes find themselves searching for eligible arms. “You have to use the entire vial within ...

West Virginia reports seven COVID deaths over the weekend

CHARLESTON — Seven additional deaths and more than 800 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this weekend by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state on Saturday reported 453 new positive tests of the virus in the 24-hour period from Friday to Saturday morning and ...

Wood County Relay for Life moves to August

PARKERSBURG — Organizers of the Relay for Life of Wood County 2021 hope to have an in-person event again this year, and they’re willing to wait a little while to do it. This year’s Relay has been pushed from May to August in an effort to hold a more traditional event while following ...

COVID claims Jackson County woman

CHARLESTON — Five more deaths from the COVID-19 virus were reported Friday morning by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, including a 74-year-old woman from Jackson County. The total of deaths since the pandemic began was at 2,688 as of Friday morning, the department ...

Seniors returning to O’Neill Center for activities, community

MARIETTA — Safe activities are in full swing at the O’Neill Center and for some, it is the first opportunity for safe fellowship since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the O’Neill center opened its doors per Gov. Mike DeWine’s order last September, some have been ...

Vandalia Gathering adjusting format over COVID concerns

CHARLESTON — An annual festival highlighting West Virginia traditions is changing its format this year. The 2021 Vandalia Gathering that usually is a three-day festival will instead be a concert from 2-4 p.m. May 29 on the north steps of the Capitol in Charleston, the state Department of ...

West Virginia’s COVID-19 numbers returning to near-fall lows

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s COVID-19 numbers for March are a long way from the small number of cases, tests, and deaths when the pandemic first officially arrived in the state one year ago, but still lower than December and January’s peak. According to an analysis of data released by ...

Jackson County resident among COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — A 95-year-old Jackson County woman was one of seven West Virginians whose COVID-19-related deaths were announced Thursday by the state Department of Health and Human Resources. The statewide death toll attributed to the coronavirus stood at 2,683 as of Thursday morning’s ...

Justice: More doses of COVID vaccine coming to West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Another 20,000 doses of vaccine are coming to West Virginia next week, enabling a greater emphasis on vaccinations in the Eastern Panhandle, state officials said Wednesday. The number of doses will increase from around 52,000 to 72,000, Gov. Jim Justice said during his Wednesday ...

Wood County’s COVID cases drop slightly

CHARLESTON — Active cases of the COVID-19 virus dropped by 20 in Wood County in the 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday morning, according to the latest statistics from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Active cases in Wood County were at 146 as of Wednesday ...

West Virginia reports two COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — Two deaths from the COVID-19 virus have been confirmed in Raleigh County on Tuesday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The death count since the pandemic began a year ago was at 2,640 residents as of Tuesday morning. Active cases of the virus was ...

Officials plan COVID vaccination clinics throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley

CHARLESTON — COVID-19 vaccination clinic schedules for this week have been announced by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the Joint Interagency Task Force for COVID-19 Vaccines and the governor. West Virginians 16 and older can register for a shot through the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival cancels 2021 edition

PARKERSBURG — Organizers of the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival decided to wait another year to celebrate a milestone. The 25th edition of the festival that combines music, food and crafts from a variety of cultures and nationalities was postponed in 2020 because of the COVID-19 ...

Gov. Justice urges vaccination, questions those who won’t

CHARLESTON — The governor Monday again encouraged residents to vaccinate against the COVID-19 coronavirus on the anniversary of the first death from the virus in West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice led a prayer during his Monday morning pandemic briefing, citing the anniversary of the first ...

COVID-19 cases going back up in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is seeing an increase in COVID-19 total and active cases as the state marks the grim milestone of the first coronavirus death in the state one year ago. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the number of positive cases over a ...

Doddridge leads local counties in vaccinations

CHARLESTON — Doddridge County leads local counties in the rate of people fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to the latest statistics Monday from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. In Doddridge, 24.1 percent of the population has been fully ...

Washington County COVID call to attention!

MARIETTA — The Washington County Health Department announced on social media they had inadvertently sent email cancellation notices to those with late March/April appointments through a system error. The department is still expecting to vaccinate those scheduled, and requests everyone attend ...