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Coronavirus

Bridgeport hoping to spend $197,000 in CARES Act funds

BRIDGEPORT — The village of Bridgeport received $197,621 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding and hopes to spend it on necessary public safety items for the village. Bridgeport Council briefly discussed the matter and passed an ordinance during Tuesday's regularly ...

Ohio’s Portman joins vaccine trial

CINCINNATI (AP) — A U.S. senator is participating in a COVID-19 vaccine study, hoping to encourage others to volunteer to take part in testing. Ohio Republican Rob Portman told The Associated Press that he wanted to do what he could to help “explain the great potential for these ...

Virus testing kits to help keep St. C. workers on the job

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Rapid COVID-19 testing is available for city employees and emergency responders with a focus on avoiding long quarantine periods. “We just started training on them and distributing them this week,” Mayor Katheryn Thalman said, adding that the city obtained 220 rapid ...

DeWine: ‘Help us get control of this virus’

WHEELING — The next few weeks are critical in decreasing the spread of COVID-19, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday during one of his Eastern Ohio stops. DeWine visited the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport to discuss the sudden rise in virus cases and hospitalizations throughout the Buckeye ...

Justice addresses pushback on masks, schools, sports

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice addressed criticisms Monday over his expanded COVID-19 mask order resulting in his personal cell phone number being released, calls from parents to let students in orange and red counties play sports, and a teachers' union asking for schools to be shut ...

Belmont County bracing for COVID compliance fallout

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul had hoped COVID-19 cases would begin to decline this week, but people are failing to comply with recommendations to help stop its spread. The county has been coping with continually rising cases and strict mandates from ...

Elections board releases official vote count

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Elections finished the official count of the Nov. 3 presidential race Monday. There was no change from race results reported on election night, but the final canvass cemented this as a unique year for both methods of voting and the extensive ...

St. C. City Council hunts for new clerk

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Safeguards during the coronavirus pandemic and progress in water service were some leading issues during Monday’s teleconference meeting of the St. Clairsville City Council, as well as the need for a new clerk in 2021. Council members congratulated Jason Garczyk, clerk ...

COVID rising in Belmont County with St. C. schools remote until Friday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- COVID-19 continues to expand in Belmont County, where Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul said more than 1,000 residents have been infected through the course of the pandemic. Sproul told county commissioners Wednesday that 266 people have active cases of the virus, ...

Harrison health official urges residents to limit contacts to halt COVID-19

CADIZ -- Smart choices will make all the difference when it comes to containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Harrison County Health Department Administrator Garen Rhome said. As of Wednesday, 105 cases have been confirmed in the county since the outbreak began, along with 76 presumed ...

Harrison moves back to orange on advisory system

CADIZ -- Following an uptick in coronavirus cases over the past couple of weeks, Harrison County has moved back to Level 2 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department, said the county was notified Thursday afternoon it had ...

Voting, schools continue in pandemic

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Belmont County’s coronavirus cases continue to increase, with 135 active infections reported Thursday and the total number of cases since the pandemic’s onset close to 1,000. However, school districts continue to operate and residents are being assured that the need to ...

Desks of their own ease remote learning for kids in need

As remote schooling surged during the pandemic, parents across the country realized that many kids didn’t have desks at home. So they got busy building, collecting and donating them, giving hundreds or thousands of students workspaces to call their own and helping them get through long ...

Virus closes soup kitchen

WHEELING — The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling announced Monday it was closed this week "as a precautionary measure" after an employee there tested positive for the COVID-19 virus over the weekend. The closure comes just a day after Wheeling Park High School closed due to three positive ...

COVID-19 cases found at Belmont County Jail

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Coronavirus cases have been connected to the Belmont County Jail, county Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul confirmed Monday evening. “We have some guards in isolation,” he texted, adding that there have been positive cases among those staff and that some inmates are ...

Local candidates introduce themselves

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County has a full slate of candidates to choose from in contested national, state and local elections this Nov. 3 and on Tuesday, a majority of those office-seekers gathered at St. Clairsville’s J.B. Martin Recreation Center to introduce themselves to the ...

COVID hospitalizations up in Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE —The number of active COVID-19 cases is slowly climbing in Belmont County, now totaling 50 people infected and in isolation at home and five hospitalized as of Tuesday. That brings the county’s total positive test results since March to 777 with 697 recoveries. Belmont ...

Monroe, state virus numbers differ

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials explained Tuesday why discrepancies sometimes exist between the county’s local coronavirus case numbers and those attributed to the county by the Ohio Department of Health. The county reports its cases once a week on each Tuesday. As of Tuesday, Oct. ...