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Coronavirus

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 ...

Justice unmoved by calls to move winter sports up

CHARLESTON — Despite being greeted at the state Capitol on Friday by more than 25 parents and students with signs asking to “let us play,” Gov. Jim Justice was adamant that Winter sports will start no earlier than March 1. “They can yell and bark at the moon all they want, but I am ...

Wood, Gilmer counties lose four more residents to COVID-19

CHARLESTON — Four people from Wood and Gilmer counties are among the additional 36 confirmed deaths reported on Friday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The death count from the virus since the pandemic began was 1,554 as of Friday morning, the department said in ...

WVU professor says COVID vaccine is safe

MORGANTOWN — While it seems the COVID-19 vaccine came from nowhere, it underwent the same testing required of all vaccines and is safe and effective, a West Virginia University vaccine expert said. The development of the vaccines did not begin at the onset of the pandemic itself, but ...

Vaccinations available for Wood County residents 80 and older

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to its employees Thursday, while the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department is accepting appointments to vaccinate Wood County residents age 80 and older. Per guidance from Gov. Jim Justice, the state Department of ...

Doddridge County vaccinates half of top at-risk age group

WEST UNION — About half of the Doddridge County residents over 80 have been protected from COVID by receiving the vaccine Sunday. Within one day, the Doddridge County Health Department was able to set up a vaccine clinic and according to health department administrator Debbie Davis, it was ...

West Virginia reports 37 new COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on Thursday reported another 37 confirmed deaths from the virus. The confirmations include a 47-year-old man from Wood County, the department said. Confirmed deaths from the virus since the pandemic began have now ...

GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club adapts charity work to pandemic conditions

PARKERSBURG — In spite of the pandemic, GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club has continued to work on projects for the community while protecting the safety and health of members. Membership Chairman Patty Miser began the year with a drive-by Dues Tea, allowing 96 members to pay dues and ...

MOVHD taking appointments for COVID vaccinations for seniors 80 and older

PARKERSBURG – Wood County residents age 80 and older can call to schedule appointments to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A vaccination clinic is planned for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the West Virginia National Guard's Armory Readiness Center, 225 Aviation ...

Four Wood County residents among COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — Thirty-nine more people have died in West Virginia from the virus, including four residents from Wood County, the Department of Health and Human Resources said in its Wednesday pandemic update. The state reported the death count at 1,481 since the pandemic began in ...

MOVHD: COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only

PARKERSBURG – The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department is administering COVID-19 vaccinations to first responders but another clinic for Wood County residents age 80 and older is still being prepared. That event is in the planning stages, said Carrie Brainard, the department’s threat ...

Counties set up vaccine clinics for at-risk patients

WEST UNION — As the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more available to members of the public over 80 years of age, the outlying counties are holding vaccine clinics as it becomes available to them. At the present time, the vaccine is only available for those over the age of 80 and some county ...

MOVHD asks for patience on vaccine distribution

PARKERSBURG – The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department is reminding the public that vaccines are not being given out at its downtown Parkersburg office “You will not get on a list by showing up at the Health Department,” Threat Preparedness Coordinator Carrie Brainard said via ...

Washington County health departments organizing events

MARIETTA — Health departments in Washington County are organizing vaccination events, starting with the priority segments of society, officials said. The Washington County Health Department on Monday vaccinated first responders and health care workers by invitation and appointment only at ...

46 new deaths bring W.Va.’s COVID-19 total to 1,442

Staff Report CHARLESTON — Forty-six more people are confirmed to have died from the virus in West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources said in its Tuesday morning update. The death toll stands at 1,442 people since the pandemic began in March. Among the confirmed deaths ...

Teachers question Justice plan to return students to classrooms

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s two unions representing educators are not happy with plans to bring staff and students back to school in-person and are skeptical about plans to have teachers vaccinated against COVID-19 in time. Gov. Jim Justice announced last week that Pre-K, elementary ...