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COVID-19: The Latest

State taking additional mesaures

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced additional measures Monday aimed at limiting out-of-state travelers from coronavirus hotspots — especially from places like New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut — from spreading the virus further in West Virginia. Justice announced an executive ...

Officials defend handling of virus cases

STEUBENVILLE — Tony Teramana Cancer Center officials defended their handling of three employees who’d tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, saying their priority was to safeguard the health of their patients and staff, not answer to media. “We had to make decisions about how to protect ...

EVENTS POSTPONED/CANCELED

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The Spring Quilt Show to be held at Historic Fort Steuben until April 10 has been canceled. ¯ “Time to Meet the Angels,” a series of ...

Weirton municipal buildings remain closed

WEIRTON — The Weirton Municipal Building, Mary H. Weir Public Library and the Millsop Community Center will remain closed to the public until further notice, as a result of ongoing precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s police, fire and public works departments will ...

Trump braces U.S. for big death toll

WASHINGTON — Bracing the nation for a grim death toll, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month, bowing to public-health experts who told him the coronavirus pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the U.S., perhaps significantly more, if not ...

West Virginia reports first coronavirus death

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia has reported the state’s first death linked to the new coronavirus pandemic. The fatality involved an 88-year-old woman from Marion County, the Department of Health and Human Resources said in a news release. The statement said no further details would be ...

Justice announces additional coronavirus measures

CHARLESTON — The governor of West Virginia announced additional measures Monday aimed at limiting out-of-state travelers from coronavirus hotspots — especially from places like New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut — from spreading the virus further in West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice ...

On the mend

SHEPHERDSTOWN — A West Virginia couple are celebrating their recovery from the new coronavirus. James Vigil learned from health officials on Friday that he would be cleared of the virus on Saturday, while Carolyn Vigil, who became sick after her husband, was told she could expect a similar ...

Members of Hillman Cancer Center medical team diagnosed with COVID-19

STEUBENVILLE — UPMC has confirmed three members of the medical oncology team at its Hillman Cancer Center, part of the Tony Teramana Cancer Center at Trinity Health System, have tested positive for COVID-19. UPMC Media Relations Manager Cynthia Patton confirmed the infection and issued a ...

Balance between privacy, virus info

As more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in the Ohio Valley, many people are asking if those who have tested positive for the disease may have been someone they know, or may have been in contact with in recent weeks. However, public health professionals are attempting to minimize the ...

Up to 200K U.S. deaths foreseen as virus impedes farewells

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as family members described wrenching farewells through hospital windows with dying loved ones. Faced with that grim projection and the ...

U.S. hotspots grow as virus cases surpass 620,000 globally

DETROIT (AP) — As confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States led the world — with more than 105,000 infections — cities such as Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans grew as hotspots Saturday, while the virus continued to pummel New York City and also made its way into rural America. ...

Hancock County announces two more coronavirus cases

NEW CUMBERLAND — Two new positive cases of COVID-19 have been found in Hancock County The Hancock County Health Department made the announcement on its Facebook page Saturday afternoon. The new cases bring the total number in the county to three. No additional information was provided by ...

Trump raises idea of quarantines affecting NY, NJ and Conn.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump floated the idea of a quarantine as early as Saturday affecting residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for a short time to stop the spread of coronavirus from reaching states with fewer infections. Trump told reporters at the White House ...

$1 million fund established to help local businesses recover from coronavirus

STEUBENVILLE — Area businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Weirton Daily Times, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing ...

Pandemic training being put to use for first time in Ohio Valley

WHEELING — Local emergency response teams have seen many disaster situations played out in the past, but for the first time, plans and training scenarios for a pandemic response are being put to the test in the Ohio Valley. Lou Vargo, director of the Wheeling-Ohio County Homeland Security ...

Truckers benefiting from extra work

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — Don Rugg drives a truck for United Dairy, transporting milk to locations in multiple states. Operating during the coronavirus pandemic concerns him, of course, yet he said it has provided a boost to his branch of the industry, a boost to his workload, and a bonanza for his ...

Two new cases of COVID-19 reported in Hancock County

NEW CUMBERLAND — Two new positive cases of COVID-19 have been found in Hancock County The Hancock County Health Department made the announcement on its Facebook page Saturday afternoon. The new cases bring the total number in the county to three. No additional information was provided by ...

US eyes new outbreaks as infections worldwide top 575,000

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans rushed to build a makeshift hospital in its convention center Friday as troubling new outbreaks bubbled in the United States, deaths surged in Italy and Spain and the world warily trudged through the pandemic that has sickened more than a half-million ...