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Coronavirus

U.S. unveils broad vaccine plan — but no quick rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans when proven safe and effective, though a top public health official made clear that widespread vaccination of millions of Americans couldn’t come until well ...

OUE establishes partnership with county

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County has pledged to work closely with local communities and Ohio University Eastern during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, the commissioners heard from Warren Galbreth, interim associate dean with the university, and agreed to a compact between ...

Number of Harrison COVID cases unchanged as of Wednesday

CADIZ -- The number of COVID-19 cases in an outbreak at a Harrison County nursing home had not increased as of Wednesday according to Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department. Rhome told Harrison County commissioners during their regular meeting Wednesday that there ...

Fair days come to Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE ­— With activities scaled during the first days of the Belmont County Junior Fair, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state mandates, 4-H members were out in force as it began, showing animals they have worked to raise. Loudspeakers regularly remind participants that face ...

Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care Center Halts Visitation

WHEELING — The Continuous Care Center at Wheeling Hospital suspended visitation to the facility after three employees recently tested positive for COVID-19. The employees do not routinely provide direct patient care and did not work at the facility within 48 hours of their symptoms’ ...

‘Nothing is normal now,’ but 4-H and fair carry on

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Opening ceremonies at the Belmont County Junior Fair Wednesday included a message to take heart and recognition for all involved in continuing the junior fair after the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic put a stop to the full fair. Speakers and participants were recognized ...

Cases still steady despite school start

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Commissioners on Wednesday heard good news from Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul, who reported new cases of COVID-19 continues to hold steady locally with only a slight increase in new cases. The county’s total positive test results since March stand ...

COVID-19 Cases Up in Ohio County

WHEELING — Ohio County has seen an active week of rising COVID-19 diagnoses, with 15 new cases being reported across the county since Friday, 11 of which occurred at West Liberty University. In a letter sent to students Wednesday, WLU President Stephen Greiner said the university reported ...

Harrison COVID-19 cases increase following outbreak at senior facility

CADIZ — COVID-19 cases climbed in Harrison County over the weekend after an outbreak of the virus was reported at the Meadows of Cadiz senior care facility. The Harrison County Health Department made the announcement Monday evening. Garen Rhome, administrator of the county's health ...

Case numbers level as school begins

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County came out of the Labor Day with no new cases of the coronavirus recorded. The county has confirmed 715 total cases since March, and 33 residents have active cases and are isolated at home, according to Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul. He ...

OSHP reports decline in Eastern Ohio OVI arrests during the Labor Day weekend

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — There was a slight decrease in OVI arrests during the Labor Day weekend compared to last year, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The OSHP conducted its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign this past weekend in order to deter intoxicated and distracted ...

St. C. calls for resident Census response

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Time is running out to be counted in the 2020 Census and with the county seat still in danger of losing its city status, city officials emphasized the importance of self-responding or cooperating with the enumerators who have begun visiting residences. The Census has been ...

Sproul reports spike in COVID recoveries

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul had some good news Wednesday when he gave his update to the board of commissioners. The county has picked up one additional COVID-19 coronavirus case since Tuesday for a total of 711 positives, but the number of actively ...

Census forecast for region grim

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The chairman of Belmont County’s Census Committee gave a grim forecast about local Census results: With fewer than 30 days remaining for residents to register, many areas may be undercounted and the county seat stands at risk of losing its city status. The Rev. William ...

Local organization helping to combat childhood cancer

MOUNDSVILLE — A local charitable organization helped contribute more than $150,000 over the last four years to assist in finding new methods to help children suffering from cancer. The Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness Corp. works in concert with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, ...

Areas of Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge getting new look amid outbreak

WHEELING — Meeting and event spaces at Oglebay Park’s Wilson Lodge haven’t been getting much use during this year’s pandemic, and officials decided it was a good time to give them a new look and sound for the future. Glessner Auditorium and meeting rooms at the lodge are undergoing ...

Conservative lawmaker says Ohio governor should be impeached

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should be impeached over his handling of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, a conservative GOP House lawmaker said Monday as he announced a long-shot effort to unseat one of the state’s most well-known ...

COVID recoveries climb in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE ­­— New positive cases of the COVID-19 continue their slow upward creep, but there was some good news Monday that more people in Belmont County have recovered from the virus. On Monday morning, Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul said the county has had a total of 700 ...

SWCD to hold outdoor event in October

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District announced it will hold an outdoor event for the community in October. The Family Outdoor Day is set for Oct. 10 at the Ohio River Locks and Dam in Duffy. The event is free and includes a fishing course, fishing derby, ...