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COVID-19: The Latest

State sees deadliest week since April for COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — West Virginia ended the week with the most COVID-19 deaths since the middle of April, along with record numbers of new cases and hospitalizations. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources, as of Friday 13 people have died in the last week from infections of the ...

Bethany College delays start of semester for on-campus COVID-19 testing

BETHANY — Bethany College has announced it will delay the start of the fall semester by a week to coincide with campus-wide COVID-19 testing. Incoming freshmen will arrive Aug. 13, and upper-classmen will follow Aug. 14. The start of classes will move to Aug. 17. "The health and safety of ...

Many refuse to enforce mask orders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Lang Holland, the chief of police in tiny Marshall, Arkansas, said he thinks the threat of the coronavirus has been overstated and only wears a face mask if he’s inside a business that requires them. He doesn’t make his officers wear them either. So the day after ...

Colleges’ COVID-19 testing strategy varies

BOSTON — For students heading to Colby College in Maine this fall, coronavirus testing is expected to be a routine part of campus life. All students will be required to provide a nasal swab every other day for two weeks, and then twice a week after that. All told, the college says it will ...

July 27: 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 2020 Ohio River Sweep has been postponed to 2021, and the date will be determined. ¯ The annual Teddy Bear Tea held in July at Mary ...

July 25: 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 2020 Ohio River Sweep has been postponed to 2021, and the date will be determined. ¯ The annual Teddy Bear Tea held in July at Mary ...

Justice: West Virginia coronavirus numbers are encouraging

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was encouraged Wednesday by a recent drop in confirmed statewide cases of the coronavirus but said it’s too early to tell whether a face mask mandate is the primary reason. The number of positive cases in the state has doubled in the past month ...

Volunteer fire departments to get funding for personal protective equipment

CHARLESTON — Addressing concerns raised by first responders across the state over lack of access to personal protective equipment, Gov. Jim Justice announced funding for all 419 volunteer fire departments in West Virginia. “Some of the people that have been really hurting here are our ...

Manchin skeptical of Sept. 8 start date for West Virginia schools

A Sept. 8 school reopening might be a challenge without a vaccine for the coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday. “So you better have Plan B ready to go,” Manchin, D-W.Va., added. The health and safety of students and school personnel is the major consideration, said Manchin, ...

Poll: Few Americans think schools should return to normal

BOSTON (AP) — Virtual instruction. Mandated masks. Physical distancing. The start of school will look very different this year because of the coronavirus — and that’s OK with the vast majority of Americans. Only about 1 in 10 Americans think daycare centers, preschools or K-12 schools ...

U.S. signs agreement for COVID-19 vaccine doses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will pay Pfizer nearly $2 billion for a December delivery of 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine the pharmaceutical company is developing, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Wednesday. The U.S. could buy another 500 ...

July 23: 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 planned in-person graduation ceremony for Brooke High School’s Class of 2020 set for today has been canceled. ¯ The 2020 Ohio River ...

Pennsylvania won’t allow Blue Jays to play at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park

TORONTO — The state of Pennsylvania won't allow the Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic, health officials announced Wednesday. "In recent weeks, we have seen a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Pennsylvania," ...

Brooke County parents have options for new school year

WELLSBURG — Brooke County Schools wants to give students and their families the option of in-person classes or remote learning at home as re-entry plans are being finalized for the upcoming school year. The plans should be ready for presentation to members of the board of education at their ...

Virus hits front-line workers in taxed public health system

As a veteran public health worker, Chantee Mack knew the coronavirus could kill. She already faced health challenges and didn’t want to take any chances during the pandemic. So she asked — twice — for permission to work from home. She was deemed essential and told no. Eight weeks ...

Latest coronavirus aid package could swell past $1T

WASHINGTON (AP) — The price tag for the next COVID-19 aid package could quickly swell above $1 trillion as White House officials negotiate with Congress over money to reopen schools, prop up small businesses, boost virus testing and keep cash flowing to Americans while the virus crisis ...

July 22: 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 planned in-person graduation ceremony for Brooke High School’s Class of 2020 set for Thursday has been canceled. ¯ The 2020 Ohio ...

Trump, GOP still divided on coronavirus relief bill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump insisted “good things” were underway on the next COVID-19 aid package Monday as he met with Republican congressional leaders, but new divisions between the Senate GOP and the White House posed fresh challenges as the crisis worsened and emergency relief ...