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County has first COVID death

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County had its first death related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 Monday. The Belmont County Health Department reported the death of a hospitalized patient who had tested positive for the virus. Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul said the patient was a ...

Additional restrictions in effect in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ten Ohio inmates at two prisons and 27 staff members at four prisons have now tested positive for the coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday. He also authorized members of the Ohio National Guard to help officials at a federal prison where seven inmates tested ...

Hospital employees cleared

BARNESVILLE — Thirty employees of WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital are able to return to work after a brief quarantine. The workers were quarantined last week after having contact with a patient who tested positive for COVID-19. Spokeswoman Karin Janisewski confirmed Monday, though, that ...

Leaders object to virtual meeting

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County commissioners officially registered their objections to a virtual public meeting regarding two proposed injection wells Monday in a letter to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The board wrote to ODNR Director Mary Mertz about permits filed by Omni ...

Rep. Cera named to economic group

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Jack Cera was selected by leadership in the Ohio House of Representatives to serve on a new work group panel to help Ohio recover from the economic downturn created from the coronavirus pandemic. Cera, D-Bellaire, joins 23 legislators in the Ohio House of ...

Teleconference meetings new norm in St. C.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City Council held its second meeting via teleconference Monday in an effort to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. Debate about the future of city water and wastewater service will continue as city leaders explore ways to incorporate citizen input at a time when large ...

COVID-19 testing center opens

GLEN DALE – WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital has opened a COVID-19 symptomatic testing center — the second of its kind in the Northern Panhandle — as health officials brace for an expected surge in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks. The off-site location opened Thursday ...

Belmont County reports first COVID-19 death

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Health Department on Monday reported the death of a hospitalized patient who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The patient was a 92-year-old man who had underlying health conditions. “On behalf of the entire county, we express our deepest ...

Hospital employees quarantined

BARNESVILLE — More than two dozen employees of WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital are quarantined after having contact with a patient who tested positive for COVID-19. Spokeswoman Karin Janisewski confirmed Sunday that 30 employees are affected. She also provided a statement issued by ...

St. C. suspends late fees

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Residents having difficulties making utility payments due to the novel coronavirus pandemic will have some relief during the next two months. During a teleconference last week, city council unanimously voted to temporarily suspend late fees on utility bills from March 1 ...

Ferry students’ spirit on display

MARTINS FERRY — To help ease the pain of an in-person school year being cut short by the coronavirus, Martins Ferry’s alumni are giving students a way to celebrate what they love about their school. On the Rider Nation Facebook page, students were given a challenge: “Show us your ...

Services not slowed by shutdown

GLEN DALE — A separate health crisis rising up hasn’t negated the continual need for substance abuse rehabilitation services in the Ohio Valley, and providers continue to serve those in need of help. At WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital, the BreakThru medical managed withdrawal ...

Bellaire approves $3.65M budget for fiscal year 2020

BELLAIRE — Village Council recently approved a $3,654,337 budget for Fiscal Year 2020, according to information provided by Marla Krupnik, deputy auditor for Bellaire. The budget’s biggest expense is the General Fund, estimated at $1,340,243, with the water department fund following at ...

COVID-19 not slowing local police, firefighters

MARTINS FERRY — It’s business as usual for emergency responders around the Ohio Valley during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, just from a little further distance than before. With health officials urging Americans to stay at home or practice social distancing between themselves and ...

Monroe County confirms first COVID-19 cases

Woodsfield – Monroe County Health Department is reporting the first positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in two Monroe County residents. The positive cases are a male and a female, both in their 60s. Following protocol set by the Ohio Department of Health, our nursing staff has been in ...

Local hospitals preparing for projected surge of COVID-19 patients

MARTINS FERRY -- As local caseloads grow, area hospitals are preparing for a potential surge in patients because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, Monroe County confirmed its first two positive test results and Belmont County added three positive test results, for a total of ...

Schools ready for month-long closure

AREA SCHOOLS are prepared to continue the work of educating children through the extended school closings ordered by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. What started out as a three-week closure on March 16 was extended last week until May 1. Local school districts have been providing online education. ...

Harrison County has zero confirmed COVID-19 cases

CADIZ — Harrison County is one of a few Ohio counties that still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 -- but that doesn’t mean the novel coronavirus hasn’t made its way to the community. Harrison County Health Department Director Garen Rhome met with the Harrison County Board of ...

Monroe County narrows down projects for possible grant funding

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials selected four projects to benefit from the potential $150,000 Community Development Block Grant funding. Mary Jo Westfall, Ohio State University Extension Office associate, met with the Monroe County Board of Commissioners Monday to discuss the selected ...

Monroe County confirms first 2 COVID-19 cases

WOODSFIELD – Monroe County Health Department confirmed Saturday that two residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The department said the positive cases are a male and a female, both in their 60s. Following protocol set by the Ohio Department of Health, our nursing staff ...