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COVID-19: The Latest

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 ...

Brooke Commission updated on vaccinations

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission received an update, Tuesday, on efforts to test and vaccinate local residents for COVID-19. Mike Bolen, administrator of the county’s health department, said the department continues to administer vaccine to residents who are 65 or older, averaging ...

State school board: Elementary and middle schools to return to 5 days

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As positive coronavirus cases continue to drop in West Virginia, the state Board of Education said Tuesday that counties should return elementary and middle school students to in-class instruction five days per week. The board's vote will eliminate blended ...

West Virginia’s COVID numbers lowest since last November and dropping

CHARLESTON — West Virginia continues to see drops in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to a succussful vaccination effort, state officials reported Monday. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the number of positive cases between Feb. 8 and ...

Hancock County high schools will be remote Thursday

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County high schools will be in remote learning for Thursday. The decision follows the county being categorized as "red" on the state Department of Health and Human Services COVID map. According to a posting on the Hancock County Schools' website, Wednesday, "With ...

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 ...