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Coronavirus

Belmont County reaches 600 total COVID cases

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County is now at 600 total COVID-19 coronavirus cases, with 536 recoveries and more contact tracing underway. The Belmont County Board of Health reviewed its progress responding to the pandemic Monday, when board members met at the Emergency Management Agency ...

Shutoffs, late fees returning to Flushing

FLUSHING — Officials on Thursday announced the timeline for resuming shutoffs and late fees for delinquent water and sewer customers in the village. To make sure as many Ohioans as possible had safe drinking water during the coronavirus outbreak, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ...

Marshall County Fair canceled after governor’s order

MOUNDSVILLE — Less than a week before the Marshall County Fair was set to open, its organizers received the heartbreaking news that they would have to cancel. Gov. Jim Justice announced an order Monday limiting the gatherings at events to no more than 25 people and canceling all fairs, ...

Monroe County secures grant to install 911 texting service

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County residents will be able to text message 911 by early next year, thanks to a grant secured by county officials. The Monroe County Emergency Management Agency, along with six other surrounding counties, secured nearly $80,000 in funding to install text-to-911 ...

Millennials and boomers: COVID pain, by the generation

CINCINNATI (AP) — Millennials, you’re taking a big hit — again. And you’re not OK, either, boomers. Sometimes at odds, America’s two largest generations now have something to agree on: The coronavirus pandemic has smacked many of them at a pivotal time in their lives. For baby ...

Despite extension, many wait to file taxes

WHEELING — The traditional federal income tax filing deadline of April 15 was delayed for three months due to the pandemic, with this Wednesday being the new deadline to file tax returns for 2019. COVID-19 caused setbacks in almost every aspect of life, and financial matters are chief among ...

Improved internet coming to St. C Library

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- A major renovation project has begun at the St. Clairsville Public Library to provide improved and expanded internet service for the public as workers are currently installing new wiring. The upgrade is being done with the help of a federal matching grant that is supplying ...

Contact tracing: How does it work?

In hopes of slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, health departments across the country have turned to contact tracing. Finding those who have been exposed to COVID-19 and monitoring their symptoms is being done by epidemiologists from state to state. Melanie Myers, public information ...

CDC head sticking to guidelines

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal health officials won’t revise their coronavirus guidelines for reopening schools despite criticism from President Donald Trump, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. What they will do, he said, is provide additional information to ...

Belmont shifts to yellow as COVID slows

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the number of currently active cases of COVID-19 in Belmont County. That number is 46, not the 68 originally reported. ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s color-coded coronavirus designation shifted Thursday from orange to yellow — ...

Worker at Good Shepherd Nursing Home tests positive for COVID-19

WHEELING — A worker at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling has tested positive for the coronavirus, the facility’s officials announced Wednesday. The unidentified staff member is believed to have contracted COVID-19 “as a result of community contact,” according to Donald Kirsch, ...

Sproul: COVID-19 could hit school budgets hard

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul explained the state’s latest regulations and the mission for institutions such as school districts when he spoke to the Belmont County Board of Commissioners Wednesday. The latest count places Belmont County’s total ...

Pandemic puts strain on county coffers as sales tax receipts decline

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County’s budget is looking tight for the rest of 2020 and 2021, Auditor Anthony Rocchio told the board of commissioners when he spoke Wednesday about the area’s financial outlook with decreases in sales tax due COVID-19. Commissioner J.P. Dutton said the board ...

Harrison DJFS launches clothing program

CADIZ — The Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services is helping children prepare for school with its annual "Back to School Clothing Program." Deb knight, assistant director of the Harrison County DJFS, announced the opening of the program during Wednesday's regularly scheduled ...

Masks mandatory indoors in W.Va. after weekend spike in new COVID-19 cases

CHARLESTON — With coronavirus cases coming in higher the last five days than at any point during the worst of the outbreak, Gov. Jim Justice ordered Monday that masks be worn indoors. Justice, speaking during a coronavirus briefing Monday at the Capitol, said he will sign an executive order ...

Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19’s effect on the economy, data released Monday show. The governors of at ...

Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Takes State Leaders by Surprise

CHARLESTON — The companies behind the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline project announced the cancellation of the project Sunday, taking state leaders by surprises. According to a statement from Dominion Energy and Duke Energy Sunday afternoon, the pipeline project to bring natural gas ...

Feeling the heat

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Only time will tell how well residents of Belmont County guarded against spreading th new coronavirus over the July 4 holiday weekend, Deputy Health Director Robert Sproul said. The health department is reported more new COVID-19 cases Monday, with a total of 577 positive ...

Summer concerts, projects on tap in St. C

ST. CLAIRSVILLE —The city is continuing some events and projects despite the COVID-19 pandemic, modifying them when possible to meet social distancing requirements. The summer concert series begins today. During a teleconference meeting of council Monday, Councilwoman Linda Jordan announced ...