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West Virginia to seek vaccine waivers for rural hospitals

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he's joining with his counterparts in Tennessee and Virginia to request a waiver for rural hospitals from a vaccine mandate for health care providers receiving Medicare or Medicaid funding. "It is putting an additional level of strain on our ...

Moderna announces full US approval for its COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderna announced Monday that U.S. health regulators granted full approval to its COVID-19 vaccine, a shot that's been given to tens of millions of Americans since its emergency authorization over a year ago. The action by the Food and Drug Administration means the agency ...

COVID-19 hospitalizations set record in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia set a pandemic record Wednesday for the number of residents hospitalized for the coronavirus. COVID-19 daily hospitalizations hit 1,043, breaking the mark of 1,012 set on Sept. 24, according to state health figures. The number of virus patients in the ...

Biden federal worker vaccine mandate blocked

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden's requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19. Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was ...

US faces wave of omicron deaths in coming weeks, models say

The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, but COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing and modelers forecast 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the wave subsides in mid-March. The seven-day rolling average for daily new COVID-19 deaths in ...

Justice COVID illness postpones State of the State address

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice’s sixth State of the State address since taking office in 2017 will have to wait due to testing positive for COVID-19. The West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates announced Wednesday there would be no joint evening session of the Legislature because ...