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Coronavirus

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 ...

Storm blamed for two deaths in Ohio, vaccine shipment delays

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Heavy snow and a coating of sleet and ice shut down several COVID-19 vaccination sites in Ohio on Tuesday. Some shipments of the vaccine could be delayed a day or two because of the weather. The huge winter storm that walloped the South and reached all the way into New ...

Biden rallies public to pressure Republicans on virus aid

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Joe Biden, eager to move beyond his predecessor’s impeachment trial, is taking his case for his $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package directly to the American people with a prime-time town hall designed in part to put pressure on Republican lawmakers. The CNN ...

Online vaccine scheduling tool weeks away

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The rollout of an online vaccine appointment scheduling tool is still two to three weeks away as the state recruits providers such as pharmacies, hospitals, health clinics and others to participate, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday. Once the tool is live, Ohioans can ...

Free Coat Fridays, Staying Warm Sundays launched

MARTINS FERRY — A new winter coat can be expensive, which is why Grace Presbyterian Church has started a new ministry to help those in need. Free Coat Friday began earlier this month. Each Friday between about 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. coats are hung on a rack outside the church, located at Hanover ...

Fauci wins $1 million prize for ‘defending science’

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci won the $1 million Dan David Prize for “defending science” and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus. The Israel-based Dan David Foundation on Monday named President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser ...

Most will continue precautions after pandemic

MARTINS FERRY — A recent survey of 2,000 Americans shows most of those people are willing to continue COVID-19 precautions — such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds and frequent hand washing and sanitizing — after the pandemic subsides. According to the Ohio State University Wexner ...

Monroe schools ready for vaccine

WOODSFIELD — Schools in Monroe County are preparing their staff members to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting next week, but the Harrison Hills City School District got a jumpstart on the process. Harrison County’s school, employees originally had been slated for vaccinations next week ...

County auditor set to retire next month

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County will soon say adieu to Auditor Pandora Neuhart, who announced her plans to retire early next month. Due to ongoing health issues, Neuhart said she has decided to retire from the office she’s held for more than 20 years. “I’ve had a lot of health issues the ...

Winter weather is latest snag for lagging vaccine rollout

O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Add another obstacle to the already stuttering rollout of COVID-19 vaccines — brutal winter weather creating dangerous conditions and forcing tens of thousands of would-be shot takers to wait longer. Icy roads from the West Coast through the Midwest and into the ...

Uber’s loss narrows, raising hopes for recovery

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Uber’s whittled its losses at the end of a topsy-turvy year that forced the ride-hailing service to rely more heavily on its food-delivery business after the pandemic dramatically reduced the number of people willing to hop into a car driven by a stranger. The ...

Harrison County COVID vaccine clinic set for Friday

CADIZ — More than 10 percent of Harrison County residents have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with hundreds of additional Phase 1B residents expected to receive it in the coming weeks. Harrison County Health Department Administrator Garen Rhome said more than 1,500 county ...

Belmont Health Department asking for communication

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Another round of COVID-19 vaccine for Belmont County’s seniors is planned for today, but lack of communication from those wanting the vaccine has hampered the health department’s efforts. Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul made his Wednesday ...