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COVID-19: The Latest

Coronavirus tests drop as deaths rise

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to find out the ...

Pa. Gov. Wolf roils youth sports world by urging halt until January

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's governor said Thursday youth sports should not resume until January, a recommendation sure to disappoint students, parents and coaches preparing for fall seasons. Gov. Tom Wolf made the comment at a news conference on a separate subject, following up with a ...

Governor Jim Justice: West Virginia schools can reopen safely

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday that West Virginia has all the tools needed to safely reopen schools by the planned Sept. 8 start date. “There’s no chance in all the world, to the best of my abilities, will I absolutely put a kid, a teacher, a service personnel person, or ...

West Virginia may have to cover some costs of National Guard deployment

CHARLESTON — West Virginia could be one of 48 states and territories that will have to shell out money for the deployment of its National Guard, even as the state relies heavily on guard members for pandemic response. Gov. Jim Justice said he was participating in a phone call Wednesday ...

U.S. nears 5 million COVID-19 cases

BOSTON (AP) — Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the ...

Progress slow on coronavirus relief bill

WASHINGTON — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed Monday afternoon in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple obstacles remain, ...

West Virginia’s southernmost counties become coronavirus hot spots

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and state health officials echoed concerns from federal officials about the spread of the novel coronavirus into rural areas as counties on the southern border are becoming hot spots. “The biggest concern and worry that I have at this moment is the migration ...

State sees deadliest week since April for COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — West Virginia ended the week with the most COVID-19 deaths since the middle of April, along with record numbers of new cases and hospitalizations. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources, as of Friday 13 people have died in the last week from infections of the ...

Bethany College delays start of semester for on-campus COVID-19 testing

BETHANY — Bethany College has announced it will delay the start of the fall semester by a week to coincide with campus-wide COVID-19 testing. Incoming freshmen will arrive Aug. 13, and upper-classmen will follow Aug. 14. The start of classes will move to Aug. 17. "The health and safety of ...

Many refuse to enforce mask orders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Lang Holland, the chief of police in tiny Marshall, Arkansas, said he thinks the threat of the coronavirus has been overstated and only wears a face mask if he’s inside a business that requires them. He doesn’t make his officers wear them either. So the day after ...

Colleges’ COVID-19 testing strategy varies

BOSTON — For students heading to Colby College in Maine this fall, coronavirus testing is expected to be a routine part of campus life. All students will be required to provide a nasal swab every other day for two weeks, and then twice a week after that. All told, the college says it will ...

July 27: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The 2020 Ohio River Sweep has been postponed to 2021, and the date will be determined. ¯ The annual Teddy Bear Tea held in July at Mary ...

July 25: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The 2020 Ohio River Sweep has been postponed to 2021, and the date will be determined. ¯ The annual Teddy Bear Tea held in July at Mary ...

Justice: West Virginia coronavirus numbers are encouraging

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was encouraged Wednesday by a recent drop in confirmed statewide cases of the coronavirus but said it’s too early to tell whether a face mask mandate is the primary reason. The number of positive cases in the state has doubled in the past month ...

Volunteer fire departments to get funding for personal protective equipment

CHARLESTON — Addressing concerns raised by first responders across the state over lack of access to personal protective equipment, Gov. Jim Justice announced funding for all 419 volunteer fire departments in West Virginia. “Some of the people that have been really hurting here are our ...

Manchin skeptical of Sept. 8 start date for West Virginia schools

A Sept. 8 school reopening might be a challenge without a vaccine for the coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday. “So you better have Plan B ready to go,” Manchin, D-W.Va., added. The health and safety of students and school personnel is the major consideration, said Manchin, ...

Poll: Few Americans think schools should return to normal

BOSTON (AP) — Virtual instruction. Mandated masks. Physical distancing. The start of school will look very different this year because of the coronavirus — and that’s OK with the vast majority of Americans. Only about 1 in 10 Americans think daycare centers, preschools or K-12 schools ...

U.S. signs agreement for COVID-19 vaccine doses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will pay Pfizer nearly $2 billion for a December delivery of 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine the pharmaceutical company is developing, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Wednesday. The U.S. could buy another 500 ...

July 23: Events canceled/postponed due to coronavirus

Due to the precautions being taken surrounding the coronavirus, the following changes have been made regarding events and meetings in the local area: ¯ The planned in-person graduation ceremony for Brooke High School’s Class of 2020 set for today has been canceled. ¯ The 2020 Ohio River ...

Pennsylvania won’t allow Blue Jays to play at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park

TORONTO — The state of Pennsylvania won't allow the Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic, health officials announced Wednesday. "In recent weeks, we have seen a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Pennsylvania," ...