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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 ...

COVID impact around the country

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following that advice himself, saying, ...

Belmont County up to 14 COVID cases

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County has a 14th case of COVID-19, according to health department Deputy Director Robert Sproul. He added that half of those patients have recovered. “We knew there would be more numbers, but we’re 14 now. A female in her 50s,” Sproul said. He said the ...

Bridgeport officers receive sweet treats from local businesses

BRIDGEPORT — A few local businesses are donating sweet treats and hot meals to first responders who are working the front lines amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bridgeport Police Chief John Bumba said his department has received a couple of special deliveries from a local business and a ...

Children Services active in pandemic

ST. CLAIRSVILLE –- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services continues to provide children’s services despite the ongoing pandemic of the novel coronavirus. DJFS officials could make only a small presentation before the ...

Bridge repairs close U.S. 22 westbound in Cadiz

CADIZ — Harrison County will see two road closures this month -- one on U.S. 22 near Cadiz and the other on Ohio 519 in New Athens. The Ohio Department of Transportation temporarily closed a portion of U.S. 22 due to a bridge repair project. In an effort to continue making the roadways safe ...

Census goes on despite pandemic

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Census goes on despite a pandemic that has stymied personal interactions, since online and distance options are open so residents can be counted. However, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has meant many changes in plans. “It’s changing the dynamics of doing ...