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Coronavirus

West Virginia super, lawmakers at odds over re-opening schools

CHARLESTON — Leaders of the West Virginia Legislature and the acting state superintendent of schools were at odds Thursday about whether to re-open school April 30 or close school for the remainder of the school year while the coronavirus spreads. During Gov. Jim Justice’s daily COVID-19 ...

Wood County emergency officials to receive info updates on coronavirus cases

PARKERSBURG — Certain officials who oversee first responders will receive a regularly updated list of COVID-19 cases in the area so emergency crews can properly prepare if they have to respond to those addresses, county officials said Thursday. At the regular meeting of the Wood County ...

Highmark waives costs of COVID-19 treatment

PARKERSBURG — Highmark has announced that members who require in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 will not incur any deductibles, co-insurance or co-pays. Effective immediately, the decision applies to members with group employer coverage and ACA and Medicare members. ...

Jackson County officials discuss COVID-19 death

RIPLEY — The Jackson County community suffered its first loss of a COVID-19 patient on Wednesday. The Jackson County Health department reported the patient had previous underlying conditions and passed away at a hospital. “We’re hoping the death we’ve experienced is the only one ...

Kesselring: American Red Cross still needs blood donations

PARKERSBURG — The American Red Cross still needs donations, and the stay-at-home order has been impacting its donation supplies. “Since shelter-in-place orders have been made we’ve seen 1,300 blood drives canceled across the nation and need to fill up that void,” said Sharron ...

Foster care group expands Mid-Ohio Valley presence

PARKERSBURG — A national group that advocates for foster children is expanding its presence in the region. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the need remains for more foster families to place children, according to Denise Giangiulio McGinty with the National Youth Advocate Program in West ...

HUD offers mortgage payment relief options

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced mortgage payment relief options for single-family homeowners with Federal Housing Authority-insured mortgages who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. Also included ...

Ohio AG makes push to get police cadets, retirees in service

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy has been directed to expedite the final examinations of about 300 cadets to quickly get them into service. “We have to do everything legally, and safely, within our power to get officers and deputies on the streets of our state,” Ohio ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Shag dancing canceled

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley Shag dancing at the American Legion will remain canceled until further notice. Some members of the Mid-Ohio Valley Shaggers have been watching Sam and Lisa West give free Carolina Shag dance lessons on Facebook on Thursday and Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. for ...

West Virginia hospitals prep for virus surge

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia’s hospitals are preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases that could come in two to three weeks. “We’re really in the calm-before-the-storm scenario right now,” said Joe Letnaunchyn, president and CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association. “We’re ...

Justice moves West Virginia primary to June 9

CHARLESTON — With coronavirus cases expected to peak beginning in May, Gov. Jim Justice ordered the May 12 primary moved to June 9 during a briefing Wednesday. “I was absolutely hopeful and supportive of trying to do our election on May 12,” Justice said during his daily coronavirus ...

Jackson County resident second West Virginia coronavirus death

CHARLESTON — A Jackson County resident died Wednesday due to complications from the coronavirus, West Virginia’s second death linked to the respiratory virus. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Jackson County Health Department, the Jackson County resident ...

Wood County Clerk talks changes to primary vote

PARKERSBURG — With the change in the primary election date, people in Wood County still have time to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced Wednesday the state’s primary election is being moved from May 12 to June 9 as coronavirus ...

Piggly Wiggly pulls eggs over massive markup

PARKERSBURG — With the buying habits affected by the COVID-19 situation, grocery stores are seeing a change in their market, but the locally owned Piggly Wiggly stores are continuing to remain loyal to their customers and employees. After a 300 percent markup by a certain egg company, ...

Wood County Schools hands out student meals

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers with Wood County Schools distributed thousands of meals Wednesday to families throughout the county. The cases, each containing food for five lunches and five breakfasts, are part of a county student meals program, helping keep kids fed during the statewide ...

Drive-in prayer services in the works

PARKERSBURG — As the community continues to face the threats present with coronavirus numbers growing daily, more groups come together to help in any way they can. One of these ways is through prayer. Two different groups have come together to organize prayer sessions for city officials, ...

Parkersburg Art Center offers virtual art exhibit

PARKERSBURG — In support of local artists, the Parkersburg Arts Center is now offering a virtual art exhibit titled “The Shared Visions: The Passion of the Human Spirit.” The exhibit opened at the center March 13, but shortly thereafter, Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order. ...

Dave Couch Golf Tournament gets new tee time

VIENNA — The 20th annual Dave Couch Golf Tournament to raise funds for ALS research has been rescheduled for Aug. 28 at the Parkersburg Country Club, an organizer announced on Wednesday. The tournament, originally scheduled for May 22, was postponed because of the COVID-19 coronavirus ...

West Virginia task force to investigate fraud related to COVID-19

CHARLESTON — A task force has been created to identify, investigate and prosecute fraud related to the pandemic. The West Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force is an initiative of the U.S. Attorneys for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia and the state Attorney General. It ...

Groups push for regulation changes to help quell COVID-19

CHARLESTON — Two groups in West Virginia are encouraging the governor to make more regulatory changes to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans for Prosperity-West Virginia and the Cardinal Institute have outlined proposals to remove barriers and expand access to critical health care ...