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COVID-19: The Latest

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is recommending a "pause" in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug ...

Justice, DeWine agree to pause of Johnson and Johnson vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has paused all Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration according to the recommendation today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Clinics scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson ...

West Virginia to stop using color-coded school map

CHARLESTON – With nearly three months left in the school year, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that the color-coded map used to determine whether to close schools for in-person learning is going away. "We're going to stop using our color-code system for high schools in West Virginia," ...

West Virginia opens up vaccines for all residents 16 and older

CHARLESTON – As active cases begin to increase again in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that all residents age 16 and older can now get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine, though focus remains on older residents. “Let’s go, West Virginia, and let’s get everybody in this ...

CDC changes school guidance, allowing desks to be closer

NEW YORK (AP) — Students can safely sit just 3 feet apart in the classroom as long as they wear masks but should be kept the usual 6 feet away from one another at sporting events, assemblies, lunch or chorus practice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its ...

Biden plans to send COVID shots to Mexico, Canada

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is planning to send a combined 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico and Canada in its first export of shots, the White House said Thursday. Press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is in the process of finalizing efforts to ...

WVa to vaccinate 16 and over with medical conditions

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginians aged 16 and older with underlying medical conditions are now eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, along with all essential workers of any age, Gov. Jim Justice announced on Monday. The list of eligible conditions include asthma, heart disease, high blood ...

Pennsylvania restaurants, bars to see some pandemic limits lifted in April

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will expand more business and event capacity limits and lift a raft of long-standing coronavirus restrictions on bar service starting on Easter Sunday, giving some relief to one of the hardest-hit business sectors, his administration said Monday. The ...

West Virginia getting its share from relief bill

Municipalities as big as Charleston and as small as Capon Bridge — along with all 55 West Virginia counties — will receive a cut of the $4 billion in direct funding that the American Rescue Plan is sending to the Mountain State. It’s a dollar figure that Sen. Joe Manchin believes will be ...

Local communities to see funding

According to information provided by the office of Sen. Joe Manchin, local counties and municipalities are set to receive funding from the new COVID relief legislation, including: • Brooke County: $4.25 million • Hancock County: $5.59 million • Beech Bottom: $200,000 • Bethany: ...

Bethany College event to reflect on year of COVID-19

BETHANY — Bethany College will pause today to reflect on the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and to celebrate the growth and support of the college community in the last year. “We are very grateful that we have not lost any employees or students to this pandemic in its first year,” ...

Biden sets May 1 target to have all adults vaccine-eligible

WASHINGTON — One year after the nation was brought to a near-standstill by the coronavirus, President Joe Biden used his first prime-time address to outline his plan Thursday night to make all adults vaccine-eligible by May 1 and get the country "closer to normal" by the Fourth of July. He ...

Biden to sign COVID relief bill today

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to sign into law today the $1.9 trillion relief package that he says will help the U.S. defeat the virus and nurse the economy back to health. The bill, titled the "American Rescue Plan," was originally set to be signed by Biden on Friday. But ...

Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Congress riven along party lines approved a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday, as President Joe Biden and Democrats claimed a triumph on a bill that marshals the government's spending might against twin pandemic and economic crises that have upended a ...

168 COVID deaths not reported in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — More than 160 deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus have not been reported to the state, Gov. Jim Justice said today at his pandemic briefing. The governor said 168 people dying in the care of hospitals, hospice groups, long-term care facilities and two inmates who died at ...

West Virginia continues to see drop in deaths, cases

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday heralded an 88% drop in COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the year, but still urged residents to take precautions. "Don't drop your guard, West Virginia. We still got a ways to go," he said at a coronavirus briefing. West ...

Fully-vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Fully-vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials. The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way with ...

Justice: Restaurants, bars can move to 100 percent

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice announced a new round of easing Friday for COVID-19 restrictions on residents and businesses as coronavirus statistics continue to trend in better directions. Speaking during his Friday morning COVID-19 briefing from the State Capitol Building, Justice said ...

West Virginia lowering age for vaccine eligibility

CHARLESTON — The state of West Virginia will begin targeting residents 50 and older for the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccinations, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. Also, teachers and service personnel from 40 to 50 years old and children and residents with health issues also will be included in ...

Schools to return to 5-day, in-person instruction

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education decided, Tuesday, that students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade will return to in-person instruction five days a week and those in ninth through 12th grades will attend five days a week in person for counties that are not ...