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COVID-19: The Latest

West Virginia lowering COVID vaccination age limit to 70 and older

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday morning that West Virginia will start vaccinating residents age 70 and up starting Wednesday, with the hopes of lowering the age for vaccinations to 65 sometime next week. The state has been extremely active in vaccinating residents age 80 ...

W.Va. one of several states getting reduced number of vaccines next week

CHARLESTON - State officials in charge of COVID-19 vaccine distribution were told Thursday night that West Virginia's allotment of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine could be as much as 45 percent less than originally promised. "Hiccups are not really permissible when people are dying in my world," ...

Pennsylvania halts school sports, bans indoor dining

Pennsylvania is temporarily halting school sports and other extracurricular activities, ordering gyms, theaters and casinos to close and banning indoor dining at restaurants as state officials respond to the worsening pandemic with new restrictions. A day after announcing his own COVID-19 ...

WVU-Oklahoma football game canceled because of COVID issues

West Virginia University's 2020 football season started with hope. It will end with a canceled game. WVU announced Thursday afternoon that its scheduled Saturday game vs. Oklahoma at Milan Puskar Stadium had been canceled. The game was called off after WVU was forced to suspend all team ...

Second lawsuit over school re-opening metrics and map rejected

CHARLESTON — A high school quarterback's hail mary pass to block enforcement of the color-coded map and metrics used to determine whether schools can re-open for in-person learning was rejected, making it the second time the courts have thrown out a case to block the standards. Kanawha ...

President Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Friday. The positive test comes a month until the election and after the president has spent the year largely downplaying the threat of the virus. Trump's positive test comes ...

Steelers-Titans game postponed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The NFL postponed Sunday's Pittsburgh Steelers game at Tennessee until later in the season after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement Thursday came one day after the league said it hoped to play the game on ...

Virus outbreak pushes Steelers-Titans to Monday or Tuesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have at least one more day to see if the team's coronavirus outbreak is under control before their game with the Steelers is rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday. Only one new positive test result came back Wednesday, a day after the Titans had three ...

Economy struggling to recover as coronavirus still rages

WASHINGTON — Home sales are booming. Stocks are setting record highs. Industrial production is clambering out of the ditch it fell into early this year. And yet the U.S. economy is nowhere close to regaining the health it achieved, with low unemployment, free-spending consumers and booming ...

WHO supports coronavirus tests for those with no symptoms

GENEVA — The World Health Organization said Thursday that countries should actively test people to find coronavirus cases even if they don’t show symptoms — a stance that comes after the U.S. health agency switched its policy to say that asymptomatic contacts of infected people don’t ...

Coronavirus testing guidance changes, to experts’ bewilderment

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials have sparked a wave of confusion after posting guidelines that coronavirus testing is not necessary for people who have been in close contact with infected people. The new guidance was posted earlier this week on the website of a federal agency, the Centers ...

Area colleges report a few coronavirus cases

WHEELING — Wheeling University learned of two positive cases of COVID-19 during recent testing on campus, while other colleges in the Northern Panhandle still are awaiting final results on the testing they have conducted. “We have been notified by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health ...

Coronavirus case rate grows in W.Va.’s most populous county

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s most populous county joined two others in being in danger of having public school athletics and extracurricular activities called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kanawha County was listed Wednesday in orange on a color-coded map used as thresholds for ...

Against medical advice: Records show businesses held sway over reopening plans

As South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster prepared to announce the end of a coronavirus stay-at-home order, his top staff received an email from the state health department. The message, highlighted in bold, was clear: Wait longer before allowing customers back inside restaurants, hair salons and ...

West Virginia school re-entry metrics revised

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said the new school re-entry metrics for coronavirus cases and color-code system will be tweaked slightly due to feedback and media criticism received over the weekend, criticisms echoed by Justice’s Democratic opponent. Justice, speaking Monday during his ...

New coronavirus cases slow, but deaths climb in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — West Virginia continued another week of decreases in coronavirus cases, though deaths continue to set records. The number of positive cases between Aug. 3 and 6 was 1,632, which is a 14-percent decrease in positive cases from the previous 14 days. As of Sunday — the most ...

Teachers’ union pushes for distance learning in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Teachers and school administrators who are members of the West Virginia Education Association are calling for all county school systems in West Virginia to start with distance learning on Sept. 8. due to coronavirus concerns. Dale Lee, president of the Education Association, ...