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COVID-19: The Latest

Free COVID testing planned in Weirton

WEIRTON — Local health departments, in conjunction with the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs and other state offices, will host a free drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Weirton June 12-13. The screening, to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the Weirton Event Center, is ...

June 6: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The Millsop Community Center is set to reopen Monday. ¯ The 2020 Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame banquet and associated events ...

Crowd sizes to increase in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — The state of West Virginia at midnight today will lift the coronavirus social distancing guidelines that limited group gatherings to 25, the governor announced on Thursday. Guidance will be forthcoming for the restart of fairs and festivals in July, Gov. Jim Justice said. ...

Coronavirus testing begins in West Virginia prisons and jails

CHARLESTON — Testing for the coronavirus in West Virginia jails, prisons and juvenile facilities, spurred by an outbreak in late May at the Huttonsville Correctional Facility in Randolph County, started Tuesday. “We are on the move to testing all of our correctional facilities,” Gov. ...

West Virginia unemployment claims top 250,000

CHARLESTON — Claims for unemployment compensation benefits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic came in at five times the number of unemployment claims for all of 2019, according to WorkForce West Virginia. Scott Adkins, acting commissioner of WorkForce West Virginia, gave an update ...

Economists predicting slow rebound

WASHINGTON — The epic damage to America’s job market from the viral outbreak will come into sharper focus Friday when the government releases the May employment report: Eight million more jobs are estimated to have been lost. Unemployment could near 20 percent. And potentially fewer than ...

June 4: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The Millsop Community Center is set to reopen Monday. ¯ The 2020 Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame banquet and associated events ...

Brooke courthouse restrictions relaxed

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission Tuesday announced restrictions on visits to the county courthouse will be lightened and discussed the prevalence of illegal dumping in the county. The commissioners said visitors are no longer required to make appointments when visiting the ...

No decision yet on petrochemical complex

DILLES BOTTOM — PTT Global Chemical America will take more time than previously anticipated to decide whether it will build a petrochemical complex in the Ohio Valley. PTTGCA, one of two companies considering construction of an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, announced a new ...

Experts weigh in on living through a pandemic

With states enlisting stay-at-home orders as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the toll that staying home has taken on people has varied. Routines have been disrupted, while communication with friends and family has shifted to the virtual world. And according to experts, such a deluge of ...

June 3: Events canceled/postponed

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The Millsop Community Center is set to reopen Monday. ¯ The 2020 Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame banquet and associated events set ...

June 2: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ Today’s meeting of the Jefferson County Retired Teachers has been canceled. ¯ The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County ...

Business as usual? Not quite yet

(Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down during the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is reopening, and businesses of all types are quickly ramping up for what they hope will be a busy summer season that will return them to some sense of ...

Local businesses adapt on the fly during the coronavirus pandemic

Businesses throughout the region are slowly starting to reopen, providing services that in some cases have not be available to Tri-State Area resident since the middle of March, when the region’s governors issued stay-at-home restrictions and ordered businesses that were deemed nonessential ...

June 1: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ Today’s meeting of the Jefferson County E-911 Board is canceled. The next scheduled meeting of the board is at 6 p.m. August 3 at the ...

May 30: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ Two Ridges Presbyterian Church, 1085 Canton Road, Wintersville, plans to resume services on Sunday. ¯ The Monday meeting of the Jefferson ...

Jobless claims continue to roll in, total 41 million nationwide

WASHINGTON — An estimated 2.1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, bringing the running total since the coronavirus shutdowns took hold in mid-March to about 41 million, the government said Thursday. In ...

5,000 more West Virginians file for unemployment aid

CHARLESTON — About 4,800 West Virginians filed for unemployment aid last week as the state’s economy continues to reel during the coronavirus pandemic, federal officials said Thursday. The new applications are slightly down from the previous week’s filings and come as Gov. Jim Justice ...