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Outside hard-hit nursing home, staffers find nervous public

CHARLESTON (AP) — They can't get taxis or child care. Two were refused service at a gas station. Another's trip to a pharmacy prompted a concerned call. Staffers at a nursing home dubbed " ground zero " for West Virginia's growing coronavirus caseload have been treated as pariahs for their ...

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 productions of “The Miracle Worker” set for today and Sunday at the Franciscan University of Steubenville have been canceled. ¯ ...

WLU donates supplies to COVID-19 efforts

WEST LIBERTY — The West Liberty University nursing and biology programs have donated masks, isolation gowns and cases of gloves to Wheeling Hospital for use during the COVID-19 crisis. Rose Kutlenios, program director of WLU’s nursing department, was happy to follow the suggestion of ...

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the ...

Jobless claims swamp system

CHARLESTON — West Virginians applying for unemployment benefits online could experience intermittent outages because the number of businesses closing or scaling back operations due to the coronavirus outbreak has sent claims surging, the state’s commerce chief said Thursday. A total of ...

Hancock County sees 1st virus case

NEW CUMBERLAND — The first case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Hancock County has been confirmed. The Hancock County Health Department, in a news release Thursday afternoon, announced they had received confirmation of a positive test for the virus. The health department will not be ...

Doctor sees positive signs, but says there’s a long way to go

CHARLESTON — Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia’s new coronavirus czar, said Thursday that efforts to slow the spread of the virus are showing some positive signs, but urged residents to continue to stay home and practice social distancing. Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday that Marsh, a ...

Nursing home a ‘horror story’

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia nursing home described as the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus caseload now has 28 positive cases as containment measures continue, officials said Thursday. Sundale Nursing Home Medical Director Carl Shrader said 20 residents and eight staffers at the ...

Homer Laughlin China Co. sells off dinnerware line

NEWELL — The Homer Laughlin China Co. has a new name and a new focus. Company president Elizabeth McIlvain detailed the transaction in a letter that was distributed to factory employees, as operations currently didn’t allow her to share the news with them personally due to coronavirus ...

Trump looking to ease restrictions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to the nation’s governors, Trump said the new ...

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 productions of “The Miracle Worker” set for today, Saturday and Sunday at the Franciscan University of Steubenville have been ...

Morrisey warns state’s landlords: Don’t threaten eviction amid crisis

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday his office has sent warning letters to landlords regarding alleged threats to evict tenants during the global coronavirus pandemic. West Virginia law prohibits unfair or deceptive conduct and has strict laws to ...

House passes $2.2T rescue package, rushes it to Trump

WASHINGTON — Acting with exceptional resolve in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic. The House approved the sweeping ...

First COVID-19 case in Hancock County confirmed

NEW CUMBERLAND — The first case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Hancock County has been confirmed. The Hancock County Health Department, in a news release Thursday afternoon, announced they had received confirmation of a positive test for the virus. The health department will not be ...

W.Va.’s ‘ground zero’

CHARLESTON — A West Virginia nursing home with at least 20 coronavirus cases has become “ground zero” for the state’s growing virus caseload, officials said Wednesday. Carl Shrader, medical director for the Sundale nursing home in Morgantown, said 16 residents and four staffers have ...

State coronavirus case count tops 50

CHARLESTON — A nursing home in Monongalia County. The judicial annex in Kanawha County. These are just two of the hotspots for the spread of the coronavirus as of Wednesday, with new counties reporting cases every day, though the state’s website tracking new cases has been slow to ...

Jefferson County reports 1st case

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County has its first reported case of COVID-19. Health officials said a 61-year-old woman received the result Wednesday after being tested March 19. At a press conference Wednesday, Jefferson County Health Commissioner Nicole Balakos declined to identify the ...

Senators discuss $2 trillion relief package

WHEELING — West Virginia’s two senators hope $2 trillion federal relief package the Senate passed in a unanimous vote late Wednesday will help to fight the coronavirus pandemic while also keeping the economy afloat during the crisis. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said the health of the ...

Ihlenfeld seeks help for those in ‘gig economy’

WHEELING — West Virginia Sen. William Ihlenfeld sees contract workers in the “gig economy” and small businesses getting left behind as traditional workers become eligible for unemployment and other benefits during the coronavirus crisis. Small business owners need assistance as well, ...