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COVID-19: The Latest

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, ...

Companies rush coronavirus antibody drug tests

With a coronavirus vaccine still months off, companies are rushing to test what may be the next best thing: drugs that deliver antibodies to fight the virus right away, without having to train the immune system to make them. Antibodies are proteins the body makes when an infection occurs; ...

West Virginia halts nursing home visitation

CHARLESTON — After seeing an increase in deaths tied to outbreaks in nursing homes across the state, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said visitations to nursing homes would need to stop once again. Speaking Wednesday during his coronavirus briefing from the Capitol, Justice said visitations ...

Officials vow safe return to school

CHARLESTON — As the Sept. 8 date for schools across West Virginia to start up after closing for the coronavirus pandemic, the West Virginia Board of Education Wednesday stated schools will not reopen unless it is safe. The board of education met Wednesday for its monthly meeting at the ...

Coronavirus aid negotiations have all but ended

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans counting on emergency coronavirus aid from Washington may have to wait until fall. Negotiations over a new virus relief package have all but ended, with the White House and congressional leaders far apart on the size, scope and approach for shoring up ...

Vaccine push as much about rivalries as science

WASHINGTON (AP) — No, Russia isn’t having a Sputnik moment. The announcement Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine did not provoke the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in ...

Justice re-closes nursing homes after spike in COVID deaths

CHARLESTON - After seeing a spike in deaths tied to outbreaks in nursing homes across the state, Gov. Jim Justice said visitations to nursing homes would need to stop once again. Speaking Wednesday during his coronavirus briefing from the State Capitol Building, Justice said that visitations ...

Worldwide virus cases double in span of 6 weeks; now 20M

It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double. The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 20 million on Monday, with more than half of them from just three countries: the U.S., ...

First week of classes to be virtual at West Liberty University

WEST LIBERTY — Classes for the first week of the fall semester at West Liberty University will be held virtually, according to university officials. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon, with officials explaining the decision was made as a result of ongoing COVID-19 testing of ...

Update: Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

The Big Ten and Pac-12 won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football's five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic. About an hour after the Big Ten's announcement, the Pac-12 called a news conference to say its season ...

Hancock County Schools opts for hybrid education model

NEW CUMBERLAND — When Hancock County students return to school on Sept. 8, they will be spending part of their time in the classroom and part of it learning from home. The Hancock County Board of Education Monday approved a recommendation from Superintendent Dawn Petrovich to begin the ...

West Virginia sees decrease in new coronavirus cases

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is starting to track with other states that are seeing decreases in coronavirus positive cases, though outbreaks in nursing homes have sent death rates in the state upward. The number of positive cases between July 27 and Sunday was 1,704, which is a 6 percent ...

Free COVID-19 testing slated at West Liberty University

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University is working with the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department to provide free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for its students and employees prior to the beginning of the school year. No appointments will be taken, and officials say there will be no need to ...

Job gains slow, indicating resurgent virus is holding back economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus has weakened hiring and the economic rebound. At any other time, hiring at that level would be seen as a blowout gain. But after ...

Last-ditch coronavirus aid talks bear no fruit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money collapsed in disappointment Friday, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and ...

Laid-off workers lament loss of extra $600 in unemployment aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her third child, is struggling to afford diapers and ...

West Virginia teachers’ unions blast school reopening plans

CHARLESTON — A union representing part of West Virginia’s teachers criticized Gov. Jim Justice for building hype for an announcement on school reopenings, only to release a vague color-coded plan, while the union representing school service personnel said it was not consulted on Justice’s ...

Manchin hopeful for deal on coronavirus aid package

CHARLESTON — As White House officials and Democratic leaders in Congress struggle to come up with a deal on a fourth phase of COVID-19 funding for medical and economic needs, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is hopeful a bill could be voted on next week. Manchin held a video conference call ...