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Coronavirus

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 ...

Dean Martin Festival Prospects Fading

STEUBENVILLE — With every day that passes, JoJo DiAlbert admits it feels less and less like the Dean Martin Festival will happen this year, though he’s not ready to throw in the towel. “I feel like it’s not going to happen, but I hope I’m wrong,” DiAlbert, the festival organizer, ...

Switzerland staffers receive first dose of coronavirus vaccination

WOODSFIELD — More than 200 teachers and staff of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 last week. Linda Masters, administrator of the Monroe County Health Department, said multiple health department nurses traveled ...

YouTube removes committee video, citing misinformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislative testimony made Wednesday in support of a GOP-backed effort to limit public health orders made by Ohio’s governor was removed from YouTube after the service deemed it contained COVID-19 misinformation. The Google-owned platform said it removed content ...

Doctors race to find, vaccinate vulnerable homebound people

A group of health care workers hurried out of a Boston hospital on a recent weekday morning, clutching small red coolers filled with COVID-19 vaccines. Their challenge: Beat traffic, a looming snowstorm and the clock. They had to get shots in the arms of their homebound patients before the ...

Fresh rounds of vaccines on their way

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday updated the state on delivery of COVID-19 vaccines during recent winter weather and assured Ohioans shipments are still coming. “Most of our counties spent time under snow emergency over the past few days,” DeWine said. “Over 29,000 ...

Bill to limit DeWine’s health orders passes in Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A small committee of legislators could overrule the Ohio governor’s health orders under a bill the state Senate approved Wednesday that marks the latest effort by GOP lawmakers to restrict fellow Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. A ...

The Ohio Valley Mall hosting vaccine clinics

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Inclement weather and a delayed shipment of new COVID-19 vaccines did not stall a weekly shot clinic in Belmont County. Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul was unable to attend the Wednesday meeting of the board of county commissioners to give his ...

Ohio’s 2 veterans homes remain closed to new admissions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Although many nursing homes continue to accept new residents, Ohio’s two homes for veterans still aren’t accepting additional patients nearly a year after the coronavirus pandemic first hit the state. The waiting list for the veterans home in Georgetown in southern ...

Harrison Health department to hold second dose clinic Friday

CADIZ — Although COVID-19 vaccine delivery is delayed, the Harrison County Health Department will still hold its second dose clinic Friday. County health department Administrator Garen Rhome gave his weekly update regarding the coronavirus in the county during Wednesday’s Harrison County ...

Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Music blared from the courtyard of a French Quarter restaurant on Mardi Gras morning but nobody was there to hear it until Tom Gibson and Sheila Wheeler of Philadelphia walked out of their hotel’s nearly empty lobby. “We were expecting a little bit lower key than the ...

Belmont vaccinations on track despite ice

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Snow and ice are expected to continue pummeling the nation, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday asked the public to keep in touch with their COVID-19 vaccine providers to make certain they are still scheduled to receive shots. The inclement weather likely will mean ...

Japan begins vaccination drive, but why so late?

TOKYO (AP) — Japan rolls out its COVID-19 vaccination campaign Wednesday after the government gave belated first approval to a shot co-developed by Pfizer Inc. that the U.S. and many other countries started using two months ago. Some in Japan, where relatively rare side effects from ...