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Coronavirus

Dems near relief bill OK by House, ponder wage plan rescue

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the pandemic seemed headed toward House passage Friday, even as Democrats searched for a way to revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. A virtual party-line House vote was expected on the ...

U.S. advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Friday, putting the nation on the cusp of adding an easier-to-use option to fight the pandemic. The acting head of the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that the agency ...

Viruses, vaccines and personal choice

MARTINS FERRY — As Ohio Valley residents continue to roll up their sleeves to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, many of them have memories of dealing with past virus outbreaks during their childhood — including polio and smallpox. Some folks dealt with it themselves, while others had friends ...

Lawsuits filed against auto insurers over rates in pandemic

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Class action lawsuits were filed in Nevada against 10 major auto insurance companies on Tuesday, contending that the companies charged excessive insurance premiums during the pandemic by failing to account for a drop in driving and crashes. The lawsuits acknowledge that ...

New COVID-19 case loads tiny in Ohio, Marshall counties

WHEELING — Ohio and Marshall counties reported the lowest numbers of new COVID-19 cases since the fall between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Only three new cases were reported out of Ohio County on Tuesday night, while Marshall County chimed in with just one new case as of Wednesday ...

Judge approves bankruptcy plan for Belk chain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A judge approved Chapter 11 bankruptcy plans for North Carolina-based Belk on Wednesday, creating a new infusion of capital and cutting the debt load for the beleaguered department store chain. The judge approved the plan during a hearing in Houston, The Charlotte ...

Traditional Lenten fish frys underway

With the Lenten season underway, many Ohio Valley residents are getting their Friday fish fixes at local fish frys across the Ohio Valley. Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many people want to observe the religious tradition of giving up something for Lent. This often means a meatless ...

Harrison residents 65 and up to receive vaccine

CADIZ — The Harrison County Health Department plans to begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents in the 65-69 age group during a clinic set for Friday. Garen Rhome, administrator of the county health department, said staff will administer between 50 and 100 first doses of the ...

FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The ...

Not to be sniffed at: Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell

NICE, France (AP) — The doctor slid a miniature camera into the patient’s right nostril, making her whole nose glow red with its bright miniature light. “Tickles a bit, eh?” he asked as he rummaged around her nasal passages, the discomfort causing tears to well in her eyes and roll ...

Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the United States in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, even though Mexico’s per capita death rate is probably higher and the country has vaccinated less than 1% of its ...

Belmont County schools getting shots

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Vaccination of Belmont County’s adult school staff against COVID-19 began Tuesday at the Belmont-Harrison Career Center. Superintendent Richard Schoene said the practical nature of the school played a role in the process, with trained staff administering shots and ...

Calculated risk: Dutch lockdown eased, but curfew extended

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday extended the Netherlands’ coronavirus curfew until March 15 while also relaxing some lockdown measures in what he called a calculated risk to make the year-long crisis “bearable.” “We are on our way to better ...

Half a million dead in U.S., shows virus’s tragic reach

By ADAM GELLER Associated Press For weeks after Cindy Pollock began planting tiny flags across her yard — one for each of the more than 1,800 Idahoans killed by COVID-19 — the toll was mostly a number. Until two women she had never met rang her doorbell in tears, seeking a place to ...

Ohio governor: Up to 30% of fans OK for spring pro teams

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s major league sports teams beginning their seasons this spring could be allowed up to 30% of fan capacity under approved pandemic plans, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday. Permitting 30% of fans into stadiums would be contingent on social distancing and ...

W.Va. Eases Some COVID-19 Restrictions

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that COVID-19 regulations and rules for restaurants, bars, businesses, grocery stores, and schools will be eased due to plummeting coronavirus cases and increased vaccinations. Justice said he was issuing a series of executive ...

Virtual town halls promote vaccines

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state held the first of four planned virtual town hall meetings Monday to answer questions about vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic and to encourage people to get the shots. The first town hall at coronavirus.ohio.gov, ...

A Biden edge in COVID-19 bill: Dems reluctant to wound him

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders have a potent dynamic on their side as Congress preps for its first votes on the party’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill: Would any Democrat dare cast the vote that scuttles new President Joe Biden’s leadoff initiative? Democrats’ thin 10-vote ...

Nursing home needs are front and center in Ohio

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer CEDARVILLE, Ohio — The status and future of nursing homes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues figured strongly into a talk Monday by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. Ohio’s vulnerable senior citizens have been a focus of DeWine’s efforts in making ...