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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, ...

March 26: 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 cancer survivors’ dinner in Toronto set for today has been postponed. ¯ The retired railroaders’ monthly breakfast meeting set for ...

Jobless claims shattering records

NEW ORLEANS — Barely a week ago, David McGraw was cooking daily for hundreds of fine diners at one of New Orleans’ illustrious restaurants. Today, he’s cooking for himself, at home — laid off along with hundreds of thousands of people across the U.S. in a massive economic upheaval ...

Free virtual urgent care available

STEUBENVILLE — Trinity Health System has launched a free virtual urgent care service, Virtual Care Anywhere, for those in the community experiencing mild to moderate symptom of the new coronavirus. The new service is encouraged as an initial care option for anyone who would like to discuss ...

R.E.A.C.H. food pantry receives boost

FOLLANSBEE — Efforts by a local charity to feed area residents in need have received a boost from the steel industry. The Follansbee R.E.A.C.H. Program received about 3,520 pounds of canned goods and other nonperishable food from staff at Mountain State Carbon as well as Go Green America, ...

Autism diagnoses grow more common in U.S.

NEW YORK (AP) — Autism has grown slightly more common in the U.S., but a gap in diagnosis of white and black kids has disappeared, according to a government report released Thursday. Closure of that gap — thanks to increased screening — is the main reason autism diagnoses are up a ...

UPDATE: COVID-19 case reported in Jefferson County

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County has its first reported case of COVID-19. County health officials said a 61-year-old woman was found to have the disease on Wednesday after being tested for it on March 19. At a press conference Wednesday, Jefferson County Health Commissioner Nicole Balakos ...

Trump hopes country will reopen by Easter

WASHINGTON — With lives and the economy hanging in the balance, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is hoping the country will be reopened by Easter, as he weighs how to refine nationwide social-distancing guidelines to put some workers back on the job amid the coronavirus outbreak. As ...

White House, Congress agree on coronavirus rescue bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed $2 ...

Ohio County has two positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases

WHEELING – Ohio County now has its first positive cases of the novel coronavirus. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department today announced two positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio County. The first case is a female who was tested on March 23 and came back positive on March 24. The patient is ...

Justice’s stay-home order now in effect

CHARLESTON — Hours before a stay-home order and the closure on non-essential businesses took effect Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice briefed the press and public on the latest on the state’s coronavirus response. Justice was joined by state officials Tuesday afternoon in a virtual briefing from ...

Brooke Co. takes more steps to slow virus

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Courthouse has been closed, but operations there will continue, Brooke County Commissioners said Tuesday. The commissioners ordered the courthouse closed, effective today, after hearing Gov. Jim Justice’s order for all non-essential businesses to close and ...

Nursing home is now West Virginia’s ‘ground zero’ for virus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — 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 ...

Weirton council able to call in for meetings

WEIRTON — As part of further precautions being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, Weirton Council has approved a resolution authorizing electronic participation for all council meetings. The resolution passed with a 7-0 vote during a special meeting held Monday. According to City Manager ...

Pleas entered, sentences handed down in Brooke County cases

WELLSBURG — On Monday sentences were ordered for a Weirton man pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse of a child and a Wellsburg man pleaded guilty to strangulation and domestic battery. For the sexual abuse charge, Jim P. Mitchell, 48, of Weirton, was ordered to serve 5 to 25 years in ...

Hancock County Courthouse closed to the public

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commission has ordered the Hancock County Courthouse to be closed to the public, in line with new directives from Gov. Jim Justice as part of ongoing precautions against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The closure went into effect at 11 a.m. Tuesday, ...

Brooke commissioners approve budget

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission has approved a $10 million budget for the 2020 fiscal year while noting it may need to revise it if the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to impact tax revenue. Commission President Tim Ennis said the state auditor's office has encouraged county ...