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U.S. health panel urges restarting J&J COVID-19 vaccinations

U.S. health advisers on Friday urged resuming COVID-19 vaccinations with Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot, saying its benefits outweigh a rare risk of blood clots — in line with Europe’s rollout. Federal health officials uncovered 15 vaccine recipients who developed a highly ...

Lining up for COVID vaccines

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The number of people receiving a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is climbing in Belmont County, with Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul reporting a total of 14,000 shots administered. Sproul said the majority of vaccinations were the Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech ...

COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well, dramatic evidence the vaccination campaign is working. Now the trick is to get more of the nation’s younger ...

Vaccine clinic set in Harrison County

CADIZ — Harrison County residents who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine and are interested in doing so can attend an open clinic Friday. Garen Rhome, administrator of the county’s health department, said the department is offering another option for residents to become vaccinated ...

COVID clinic held in Bellaire

BELLAIRE — Belmont County residents who live near the Ohio River were vaccinated against COVID-19 close to home in Bellaire Wednesday. Health department staff were at the Salvation Army, then the high school. Bellaire Local Schools Superintendent Darren Jenkins said about 22 students ages ...

St. St. C. vote by email stands, in-person meetings to resume

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville City Council members took no action Monday to correct a vote cast by email that appeared to violate the Ohio Open Meetings Act, but the emails were read aloud and each member verbally confirmed their vote was recorded correctly. The vote by email occurred ...

EU agency links J&J shot to rare clots, says odds favor use

LONDON (AP) — The European Union’s drug regulatory agency said Tuesday that it found a “possible link” between Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and extremely rare blood clots and recommended a warning be added to the label. But experts at the agency reiterated that the ...

Vaccines given at OUE, more planned

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Only nine students were vaccinated at the COVID-19 student vaccination clinic at Ohio University Eastern on Tuesday, but more shots are set to be given today. Josie Grover, a registered nurse working with the Belmont County Health Department, was on hand Tuesday ...

Billions spent on coronavirus fight, but what happens next?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into state and local public health departments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, paying for masks, contact tracers and education campaigns to persuade people to get vaccinated. Public health officials who have juggled ...

Transportation to vaccination available soon

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul said some new transportation options will be available soon for people wishing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “East Ohio Regional Transportation got a grant from (the Ohio Department of Transportation) and ...

DeWine addresses pause in Johnson and Johnson vaccine

COLUMBUS — During his Tuesday press conference, Gov. Mike DeWine addressed the pause in the administering of the Johnson and Johnson version of the COVID-19 vaccine, as directed by the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration. DeWine said there have so far been six ...

Countries hit new records for virus cases, deaths

Ambulances filled with breathless patients lined up in Brazil as nations around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections. The disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check. In the United States, Detroit leaders began ...

COVID, Philip’s no-fuss attitude mean simpler funeral plan

LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip will be laid to rest with all the honors due a prince of the United Kingdom and a consort to Queen Elizabeth II. But the coronavirus pandemic means it will be a more low-key farewell than has marked many royal deaths. The pandemic has required changes to the ...

UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

LONDON (AP) — British authorities recommended Wednesday that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine not be given to adults under 30 where possible because of strengthening evidence that the shot may be linked to rare blood clots. The recommendation came as regulators in the United Kingdom and the ...

Summoning seniors: Big new push to vaccinate older Americans

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The first hurdle was getting on the bus. Seventy-four year old Linda Busby hesitated outside a community center where older people were loading up to go get the coronavirus vaccine. “I was scared, I’m not afraid to say that,” she said Wednesday after getting ...

College vaccination clinic dates set

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Plans are proceeding for student vaccinations at Belmont County’s colleges with the first vaccination clinic scheduled for next week. Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Rob Sproul said plans are going forward despite a delay in receiving the single-shot Johnson ...

California plans for broad pandemic reopening in June

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signaled an end to more than a year of closures in California, announcing that the nation’s most populated state plans to lift most coronavirus restrictions on businesses and workplaces June 15, when enough people should be vaccinated to ...

Nearly half of new U.S. virus infections are in just 5 states

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly half of new coronavirus infections nationwide are in just five states — a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider changing how it distributes vaccines by sending more doses to hot spots. New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and ...

COVID-19 vaccines coming to local college campuses

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Local colleges are preparing to begin offering vaccines against COVID-19, and guidelines for proms, graduations and other events have been posted on the Responsible Restart section of coronavirus.ohio.gov. Gov. Mike DeWine set the goal of making the vaccine available to ...

Biden boosted by Senate rules as GOP bucks infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an appeal to think big, President Joe Biden is promoting his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan directly to Americans, summoning public support to push past the Republicans lining up against the massive effort they sum up as big taxes, big spending and big ...