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Coronavirus

Businesses and residents donate to food pantry

ST. CLAIRSVILLE— Community members continue to help those in need, particularly around the holidays during the surging coronavirus pandemic. About 20 people turned out Sunday to assist in filling trucks and vans with food donated by Riesbeck’s Food Markets, Walmart and residents. The ...

W.Va. hits new virus records as leaders resist new measures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has again smashed a weekly record for confirmed cases of the coronavirus as Thanksgiving approaches. Health officials said there were 5,153 confirmed cases of the virus statewide last week, up 11.4% from the old record of 4,623 positive cases set the ...

Harrison Hills schools closed due to virus

CADIZ — Harrison Hills students are beginning their Thanksgiving holiday break a bit early due to staffing limitations brought on by the coronavirus. Over the weekend, the Harrison Hills City School District announced that as a result of a few COVID-19 positive individuals and an abundance ...

Belmont County COVID-related death count reaches 32

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two more coronavirus-related deaths were reported Monday by the Belmont County Health Department, and Gov. Mike DeWine and health care workers continue to urge Ohioans to take precautions -- particularly during the Thanksgiving holiday. Belmont County Deputy Health ...

Many Americans flying to holiday destinations despite CDC pleas

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday. So what are they doing now? In many cases, they’re still crowding airports and boarding planes. ...

Some governors ignore CDC advice on Thanksgiving gatherings

Coronavirus infections are ravaging South Dakota, where more than half of tests have come back positive for weeks. Yet Gov. Kristi Noem won’t require masks or take other measures to curb the spread, including urging families to limit Thanksgiving gatherings. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said ...

Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears close at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest level since the calamitous spring in and around New York City. The overall U.S. death toll has ...

Virus threat ‘a new terror’ in Syria’s scarred Idlib region

IDLIB, Syria (AP) — Nurses hover over a patient to insert a breathing tube as his condition suddenly deteriorates. ICU beds fill up almost overnight. As one patient dies of the coronavirus and is wheeled out, another is whisked in to take his place. An exhausted doctor leans against a ...

Christmas tree goes up in downtown St. Clairsville

The Community Christmas tree is set in place in front of the Belmont County Courthouse in downtown St. Clairsville on Wednesday. A community tree-lighting ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Sunday. It is not a public event but can be viewed on the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. ...

‘Tired to the bone’: Hospitals overwhelmed with virus

Overwhelmed hospitals are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, even a parking garage into patient treatment areas. Staff members are desperately calling around to other medical centers in search of open beds. Fatigue and frustration are setting in among front-line ...

FDA allows 1st rapid virus test that gives results right at home

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home and delivers results in 30 minutes. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents an important step in U.S. efforts to expand ...

Planning ahead

BELMONT — The Blame My Roots Festival is expected to release its lineup of musical acts for the summer 2021 event today. The 2020 festival was canceled because of COVID-19 virus concerns, but organizers are forging ahead with next summer’s plans. Blame My Roots is set for July 16-17 at ...

Pfizer: COVID-19 shot 95% effective, seeking clearance soon

Pfizer said Wednesday that new test results show its coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective, is safe and also protects older people most at risk of dying — the last data needed to seek emergency use of limited shot supplies as the catastrophic outbreak worsens across the globe. The ...

Belmont marks 29th death from COVID-19

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County marked its 29th coronavirus-related death Wednesday. Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported total number of people in isolation with active cases has increased to 769 people. There have been 1,649 positive cases in the county since ...

Harrison cases climbing

CADIZ — Harrison County continues to see more occurrences of COVID-19 with more than 40 new positive cases reported in the past week. Last Wednesday, the county had a confirmed total of 129 positive cases since the outbreak began. This week that number jumped to 173 total cases, an increase ...

COVID-19 hospitalizations increasing in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in West Virginia have been slowly rising throughout the summer and fall, but with a spike in cases over the last several weeks, hospitalizations have seen a dramatic increase. "It is jumping very quickly," Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday ...

Martins Ferry to stream meetings during surge

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry City Council canceled its regular meeting on Wednesday and now is making plans for future meetings during the ongoing surge of COVID-19 in the region and nation. Several hours before its meeting was to be held, council decided to cancel its regular meeting ...

States tightening virus restrictions amid case surge

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The deadly rise in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. is forcing state and local officials to adjust their blueprints for fighting the virus, with Republican governors adopting mask mandates — skeptically, in at least one case — and schools scrapping plans to reopen ...

DeWine orders 3-week curfew to slow COVID-19

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a three-week 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. general curfew, with multiple exceptions, meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases stay at near-record high levels. DeWine said the measure, effective Thursday, is needed to reduce ...