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Coronavirus

W.Va. nearing 13,000 positive COVID-19 cases

CHARLESTON — The state of West Virginia is nearing 13,000 positive cases of the virus, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on Tuesday. The department in its Tuesday morning update said there were 12,976 cases, an increase of 156 cases over the 24-hour ...

Eagle Pointe Skilled Nursing Center contractor tests positive

PARKERSBURG —A contractor at a Parkersburg skilled nursing facility tested positive for COVID-19. Eagle Pointe Skilled Nursing Center on 27th Street and the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announced Tuesday evening that the individual had contact with a small number of patients at Eagle ...

Credit union employees test positive

RAVENSWOOD — Several positive COVID-19 cases linked to Ravenswood Federal Credit Union were reported by the Jackson County Health Department. According to a press release from the the credit union, several employees tested positive and the Ravenswood location will be closed until Sept. 28. ...

DHHR: Calhoun County lowers COVID-19 level

Staff Report Calhoun County was moved to a lower classification this weekend in the West Virginia Department of Education’s coronavirus School Alert System Map, the Department of Health and Human Resources said on Sunday. The county moved from orange to yellow, Health and Human Resources ...

FEMA ends Lost Wages Assistance Program

CHARLESTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has ended its Lost Wages Assistance Program that provided an additional $300 a week in unemployment benefits to qualified claimants in West Virginia and other states. WorkForce West Virginia will continue to pay eligible claimants for as ...

West Virginia changes school re-entry metrics again

CHARLESTON — Citing the growth in COVID-19 cases across the state and an additional county slipping into the orange on the County Alert System color-coded map, Gov. Jim Justice said any county that slips into the orange will have to close for in-person school. “We have got to step it ...

West Virginia reports six new COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — Another six deaths from the virus over a 24-hour period have been confirmed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the agency reported Friday. The DHHR said an 86-year-old woman from Logan County, a 90-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 93-year-old man ...

Wood County Development Authority offers grants

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Development Authority is supporting small businesses with helping them to apply for West Virginia CARES Act Small Business Grants WCDA officials are available to support the efforts of small businesses when applying for the grants, officials said in a press ...

Wood County 4-H members showcase their projects online

PARKERSBURG — Wood County 4-H members showcased project work virtually this year. Members work all year on their projects, and then typically compete at the county fair. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of fairs and festivals, Wood County 4-H members exhibited their projects in a ...

4-H camps go online amid COVID-19 pandemic

PARKERSBURG —Wood County 4-H Camps went virtual this summer due to COVID-19. Campers were given a “Camp Fun Box” full of 4-H swag, camp class supplies, a t-shirt designed by 4-H’er Mallory Marks that claimed, “We Still Bleed Green in Quarantine!” and some DIY STEM kits. Every ...

West Virginia continues to see spike in COVID-19 cases

CHARLESTON — An agency Thursday reported another 200-plus increase in virus cases in West Virginia and another three deaths over a 24-hour period from Wednesday. Also, Calhoun County was elevated from yellow to orange on the county alert system because of increases in confirmed cases. The ...

‘Skinny’ virus relief bill fails in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON — West Virginia’s delegation in the U.S. Senate were on opposite sides on a new scaled down coronavirus relief package that failed to get the needed votes to proceed Thursday. Republicans in the Senate introduced what some called the “skinny package” Wednesday with the ...

Calhoun County Schools employee in self-quarantine

MT. ZION — An employee with Calhoun County Schools was reportedly in contact with a positive COVID-19 case and is in quarantine, according to Superintendent Kelli Whytsell. The employee works at Pleasants Hill Elementary with a kindergarten class and Whytsell said the contact was not ...

Jackson County woman among coronavirus deaths

Staff Report CHARLESTON — A 62-year-old Jackson County woman is among the latest deaths from the coronavirus, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The agency on Wednesday reported four more deaths from COVID-19, raising the toll in the state to 254. The ...

Justice: ‘West Virginians, you’re going to have to buckle down’

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS Staff Reporter CHARLESTON — As West Virginia’s daily percent of positive COVID-19 cases jumped to the highest number on record since April, Gov. Jim Justice told the state to start taking the virus seriously in order to prevent a return to further ...

Vienna Public Library reopens doors

VIENNA — The Vienna Public Library effective immediately will open to the public for 30-minute sessions with no appointment necessary. Available services include browsing and check-out, curbside pick-up, faxing and on-site notary. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an ...

Capito defends GOP’s ‘skinny’ relief bill

CHARLESTON — Republicans in the U.S. Senate will attempt to pass a smaller package later today aimed at helping small businesses affected by the coronavirus, provide additional relief to the unemployed, and more funding for schools as they re-open. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., ...

Coronavirus cases increase for second week in a row

CHARLESTON — Irresponsible college students and outbreaks in churches, nursing homes, and correctional facilities are just some of the causes in a two-week spike in COVID-19 cases according to state officials. “I’ve said this over and over: this disease and this killer is still right ...

46 West Virginia counties open for in-person school Tuesday

CHARLESTON — Tuesday marked the first day of in-person school for a majority of West Virginia counties since March 13 when the state first starting taking the coronavirus seriously, though health and education officials are monitoring staff outbreaks at 11 schools. “It’s been 179 days ...

First batch of Wood County Schools students return to class

PARKERSBURG — Wood County students returned to class Tuesday for the first day of school for the 2020-21 school year. Around half of the district’s students started school Tuesday as the district deals with challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The rest will begin today. Social ...