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Coronavirus

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 ...

Justice: Rental assistance available

CHARLESTON — The Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program created to help renters and landlords financially hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic is accepting applications, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday. The program is managed by the Housing Development Fund and provides financial assistance to ...

West Virginia reports four new COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — An additional four people were confirmed as COVID-19 deaths and new cases of the virus increased by 499 from Thursday to Friday morning, according to the pandemic update Friday from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The state reported 5,811 active cases ...

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to livestream Holy Week, Easter Mass

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston will present Holy Week celebrations to the faithful throughout the state by internet and broadcast television. As COVID-19 restrictions on church attendance and social distancing guidelines remain in place in West Virginia, Catholic faithful are ...

Wood County woman among five COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — A Wood County resident was among the five confirmed deaths attributed Thursday to the COVID-19 virus, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said. The department reported the death of the 80-year-old woman from Wood County and four deaths of residents from ...

West Virginia ditches color map for school re-entry

CHARLESTON — With nearly three months left in the school year, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday the color-coded map used to determine whether to close schools for in-person learning is going away. “We’re going to stop using our color-code system for high schools in West Virginia,” ...

Wood County sees increase in active COVID-19 cases

CHARLESTON — Active cases of the COVID-19 virus slightly increased in Wood County over the 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday morning while hospitalizations again exceeded 200, according to the numbers released Wednesday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Authority discusses COVID relief

WILLIAMSTOWN — COVID-19 relief, grants and projects were among the items discussed by the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Authority on Tuesday. To bring the authority members up to date on all projects, airport Manager Glen Kelly reported the roof construction of the main terminal and ...

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards COVID funding

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has awarded another $38,250 in COVID-19 emergency funding through the Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund, the agency announced on Wednesday. The additional $38,250 in grants over the past two months raises the total for COVID-19 Relief ...

Wood County man the only W.Va. COVID-19 death on Tuesday

Staff Report CHARLESTON — One death from the COVID-19 virus was reported in West Virginia on Tuesday, an 83-year-old man from Wood County, the Department of Health and Human Resources said in its pandemic update. The death toll in West Virginia since the pandemic started a year ago was ...

Jackson County officials report rise in active COVID-19 cases

RIPLEY — The number of active COVID-19 cases in Jackson County more than doubled over the weekend, according to statistics released Monday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. “That would be people thinking that they have seasonal allergies and not getting tested, ...

West Virginia Democrats speak out after GOP delegate contracts COVID-19

CHARLESTON — Democratic leaders of the West Virginia Legislature expressed their frustrations Monday after the revelation that a Republican committee chairman and member of the House of Delegates has COVID-19. Senate Minority Leader Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier, and House Minority Leader ...

Justice announces 16 and older can get vaccinated

CHARLESTON – As active cases begin to increase again in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that all residents age 16 and older can now get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine, though focus remains on older residents. “Let’s go, West Virginia, and let’s get everybody in ...

Downtown Parkersburg springs to life for Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade

PARKERSBURG — The 11th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade was held Saturday in downtown Parkersburg. The parade was a reverse parade where the floats were stationary and parade-goers were able to cruise through the parade route along Market Street. Over 40 different groups within the ...

Justice: More unreported West Virginia COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — More than a week after health officials found 165 unreported COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia, the state announced an additional 20 unreported deaths Friday. Gov. Jim Justice called for an investigation during his Friday COVID-19 briefing from the Capitol. “Whether they’re ...

Five Mid-Ohio Valley residents in latest unreported COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — Five Mid-Ohio Valley residents were among the 20 previously unreported COVID-19 fatalities announced Friday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Two more were included in the 10 deaths confirmed in the 24-hour period prior to the morning update. The ...