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Coronavirus

DeWine issues statewide mask order

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday issued an order requiring all Ohio residents to wear facial coverings at all times in public. The order takes effect at 6 p.m. Thursday. All 88 counties in the state fall under the order. According to a tweet from DeWine, masks must be worn at ...

Citing millions in losses, Wheeling Hospital plans to reduce staff

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital will begin reducing its staff and plans other cost-cutting measures after the medical center lost nearly $30 million over the past two years, hospital officials announced Tuesday. In addition to offering buyouts for the staff, hospital officials said they will ...

Summer travel continues to bring COVID to Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Leisure activities continue to be the most common method of spreading COVID-19 in Belmont County. Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul said some people who are enjoying summer vacations are carrying the infection when they return home. “Travel is still ...

Powhatan restaurant cited for ‘Jambo party’

POWHATAN POINT — A local restaurant was cited by the state over the weekend after hosting a “Jambo Party” that did not comply with regulations on crowd size and social distancing. According to Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul, the health department received an ...

Ferry receives $218K in COVID relief money

MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry has received more than $200,000 in federal COVID-19 relief money meant to help the municipality deal with coronavirus-related expenditures. During this week’s City Council meeting, Auditor Rita Randall announced the city had received $218,552 in ...

Staying Clean car show to continue

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Schools Staying Clean Car, Bike and Truck Show Festival will continue as planned at the Ohio Valley Mall, with precautions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato, who has spearheaded the event along with ...

Drastic measures in some states as death toll grows

HOUSTON (AP) — The spread of the coronavirus surged unabated in hot spots around the U.S. on Thursday, with one city in South Carolina urging people to pray it into submission, a hospital in Texas bringing in military medical personnel and funeral morgues running out of space in ...

COVID cases climb

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Gov. Mike DeWine continued to urge Ohioans to guard against spreading COVID-19 on Thursday as cases continued to climb. In Belmont County, Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported a total of 607 cases, up from 600 Wednesday. Meanwhile, Jefferson County moved ...

JSW Steel to lay off 160 workers at Mingo Plant

MINGO JUNCTION — JSW Steel has sent layoff notices to 160 workers at its Mingo Junction plant as the company plans a temporary closure due to the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic. The Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notice was sent Tuesday to announce "the temporary ...

Congress eyes new virus aid as school, health crisis deepens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months after House Democrats approved a $3 trillion COVID-19 aid package, Senate Republicans are poised to unveil their $1 trillion counteroffer, straining to keep spending in check as the virus outbreak spreads and societal fallout deepens. Senate Majority Leader ...

New pressure on Ohio governor, once hailed for coronavirus action

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Early during the coronavirus outbreak, Ohio’s Republican governor appeared prophetic with his decisive steps to ban spectators from a sports expo, shut down all schools before any other state and put a stop to the presidential primary. Since then, Gov. Mike DeWine ...

American Airlines: 25,000 workers could lose jobs

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines is notifying about 25,000 workers that their jobs could be eliminated in October because of plunging demand for air travel, adding to the toll that the virus pandemic is taking on the airline industry. American’s top executives said Wednesday that the number ...

Los Angeles in ‘dangerous phase’ as virus cases surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coronavirus cases have surged to record levels in the Los Angeles area, putting the nation’s largest county in “an alarming and dangerous phase” that if not reversed could overwhelm intensive care units and usher in more sweeping closures, health officials said ...

Belmont County records 23rd COVID-19 death

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul reported the 23rd death of an individual positive with the COVID-19 coronavirus Wednesday. “Unfortunately, we have a male in his 80s (who) has passed away,” Sproul said in a text message Wednesday afternoon. He ...

McConnell: GOP virus stimulus plan for schools, others out soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he’ll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week. He suggested it will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care ...

Local leaders still hopeful about cracker

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County officials expressed some optimism that the proposed cracker plant project may still come to the Dillies Bottom area along Ohio 7. This after Tuesday’s announcement that Daelim Chemical USA, a partner in the proposed PTT Global Chemical America ethane ...

Slight decline in COVID cases

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County has some good news about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic: No new cases were reported Tueday. That marks the first break in a long string of days in which case numbers were growing. In fact, Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul said case numbers were ...

Ferry council to meet at Liberty station

MARTINS FERRY ­—Martins Ferry City Council will meet at Liberty Engine Fire Station at 6 p.m. today instead of in its chambers. Since the city building once again is closed to the public that means the meetings must be held in a different location. During a previous closure, council met ...

Daelim withdraws from Belmont County petrochemical project

DILKES BOTTOM - Daelim Chemical USA, a partner in the proposed PTT Global Chemical America ethane cracker plant project in Belmont County since 2018, has withdrawn from the project. The announcement came in a joint statement issued Tuesday by both companies. PTT said the change will cause a ...

Justice announces new pandemic regulations for West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Citing an increase in active cases of COVID-19, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday the state will again limit the size of group gatherings, fairs and festivals will close and bars in Monongalia County will shut down for 10 days to bring the outbreak in that county under ...