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Coronavirus

Deadline for Parkersburg small business assistance extended

PARKERSBURG — The deadline to apply for assistance from Parkersburg’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund program has been extended to March 31. Parkersburg’s administration and City Council established the program using $300,000 in funding provided by the C.A.R.E.S. Act through the U.S. ...

Glenville State College employees continue to receive COVID-19 vaccine

GLENVILLE — Employees at Glenville State College are receiving vaccinations for the COVID-19 coronavirus to help slow the spread of the pandemic, the school said Thursday. Vaccine initially was made available to the college just after Christmas. “With the arrival of these COVID-19 ...

COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia reach 1,700

CHARLESTON — The total of confirmed deaths in West Virginia from the virus has exceeded 1,700, including seven more people from Wood and Jackson counties in Thursday morning’s pandemic update from the Department of Health and Human Resources. The state reported 1,702 confirmed deaths from ...

West Virginia BOE pushes hard for in-person classes

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education school board unanimously passed a motion Wednesday that would prevent county school systems from opting for remote learning after Jan. 19 and adopted in-person instructions for West Virginia schools. Virtual learning through the ...

Justice discusses vaccinations, rental relief during briefing

CHARLESTON — Two major announcements came out of Gov. Jim Justice’s pandemic briefing Wednesday morning. The governor announced effective Wednesday the age for vaccinations will drop from 80 and older to 70 and older with the goal to get to 65 and older as soon as possible, maybe next ...

WVU-P to continue virtual classes for now

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be continuing to hold classes virtually for the foreseeable future while remaining in a good financial position. The school’s Board of Governors met virtually Wednesday to go over the current responses to the ongoing COVID-19 ...

Six Mid-Ohio Valley COVID deaths reported

CHARLESTON — Another six people from Wood, Pleasants and Ritchie counties have been confirmed as deaths from the COVID-19 virus, according to Wednesday’s pandemic update from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The total of confirmed deaths was increased by 37 ...

Wood BOE waiting for state decision before deciding on re-entry plan

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education announced that it will wait and see about the county’s re-entry plan during the first meeting of 2021 at the Jefferson Elementary Center auditorium Tuesday evening. Originally returning to a five-day-a-week in-person class beginning Jan. 19, ...

West Virginia governor drops age to 70 and older for vaccinations

Gov. Jim Justice Wednesday morning announced the age for vaccinations for the virus for residents will be lowered from age 80 and older to age 70 and older. Speaking at his pandemic briefing, Justice said the goal is to get to 65 and older as soon as possible. "We're going to follow the ...

Vaccination clinic set for Thursday for ages 80 and older

Staff Report CHARLESTON — A free COVID-19 coronavirus vaccination clinic by appointment will be held Thursday in Wood County for residents aged 80 and older, state agencies announced Tuesday. Appointments are required for the clinic, among others scheduled around the state, that will be ...

13 local residents among COVID deaths

Staff Report CHARLESTON — Thirteen of the additional 40 confirmed deaths in West Virginia from the coronavirus reported Tuesday morning were residents from local counties, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The death count since the virus started in ...

Vaccinations continue as West Virginia COVID-19 cases break 100K

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s efforts to vaccinate healthcare workers, teachers, essential workers and the elderly continue to lead the nation, but the state’s COVID-19 cases reached a grim milestone over the weekend. According to new data made available by the Department of Health and ...

Belpre BOE handles appointments, talks classes amid COVID

BELPRE — As part of the first board of education meeting of 2021, the Belpre City Schools named Mike Miller as Board President and Fred Meredith as Vice President on Monday evening at Stone Administration Building/Early Learning Center. Both Miller and Meredith were voted unanimously in ...

Richard Adams receives award for United Bank COVID efforts

PARKERSBURG — The board chairman and chief executive officer of United Bankshares was honored as the Washington Business Journal CEO of the Year for COVID-19 Response. The award accepted by Richard M. Adams was given in recognition of United’s achievements during the COVID-19 ...

Wood County man among virus deaths

CHARLESTON — A man from Wood County was listed among the confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus reported Monday in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources pandemic update. The state reported 12 confirmed deaths from the virus in the 24-hour period between Sunday and ...

P-EBT program benefits resume in February

PARKERSBURG — A second round of COVID-19 Pandemic EBT cards will be sent out in February, and those mailings will be based on information provided by Wood County Schools through the state WVEIS system. If your address has recently changed, contact your home school to update your ...

650 Wood County residents receive COVID-19 vaccine

WILLIAMSTOWN — Nearly 800 Wood, Ritchie and Wirt County residents age 80 and older received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The bulk of those inoculations — 650 — were performed over the weekend at the West Virginia Army National Guard Armory ...

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards another nearly $44K in grants

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has awarded $43,990 to local agencies from COVID-19 emergency funding. Residents, businesses, foundations and organizations have donated more than $361,000 to the foundation’s Safety Net Fund and Hunger Fund. Since March, the ...

Classic Plastics looks to shape new event amid pandemic

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center is seeking participants for a new exhibit to open in February in conjunction with Classic Plastics Toy Store. The art center and toy store have worked together for the past several years to hold the Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo in March, but ...