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Coronavirus

West Virginia sees COVID deaths exceed 4.1K

CHARLESTON — Another 60 deaths have been attributed to the COVID-19 virus, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said in its Friday pandemic report. The fatalities include 30 people identified in a routine data reconciliation with death certificates performed by the ...

West Virginia COVID-19 deaths surpass 4K

PARKERSBURG — The number of COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia passed the 4,000 mark, according to Thursday’s update from the state Department of Health and Human Resources. The agency’s daily COVID statistical update reported 50 additional deaths on Thursday, with the youngest a ...

Justice ‘clarifies’ exemptions for vaccine mandates

CHARLESTON — West Virginia businesses have the right to mandate employee COVID vaccinations, but both medical and religious exemptions must be respected, according to Gov. Jim Justice. “That is the (federal) law of the land,” Justice told state media during a virtual briefing ...

West Virginia lawmakers receive pandemic vaccine exemption bill

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Legislature moved quickly on a last-minute addition to the special session for private sector COVID-19 vaccine exemptions. Senate Bill 3035 and House Bill 335, both relating to COVID-19 immunization requirement for employment in the public and private sectors, ...

Parents sue Wood County Schools over mask mandate

PARKERSBURG — The parents of three Parkersburg High School students filed suit this week to have Wood County Schools’ mask mandate declared illegal and unconstitutional. Filed Tuesday in Wood County Circuit Court on behalf of John R. Davis and Felsie C. Pierce, the lawsuit claims the ...