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COVID-19: The Latest

Turnover high among health officials amid coronavirus pandemic

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection ...

DeWine’s conflicting coronavirus tests raise backlash

COLUMBUS — The Ohio governor’s positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies. “I’m sure the internet is lighting up with ‘Well, you can’t believe any test,’ “ Mike DeWine ...

DeWine tests positive, then negative, for coronavirus

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday after testing positive earlier in the day before he was to meet with President Donald Trump, according to a statement from his office. His wife, Fran DeWine, also tested negative, as did staff members. They underwent ...

Indian Creek schools to delay start date to Sept. 8

WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek Local School District officials have altered their school calendar this year, and buildings will open Sept. 8 to accommodate face-to-face learning. The school board conducted a special meeting on Wednesday to approve its revised calendar for 2020-21. The new ...

WVNCC announces drive-through class registration

WHEELING — West Virginia Northern Community College will host a drive-through registration event for students who still need to register for classes for the fall semester. Events will be held 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 11, at the Weirton campus, Aug. 12, at the New Martinsville campus and Aug. ...

Gov. DeWine tests positive for coronavirus

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, an early advocate among Republicans of wearing masks and other pandemic precautions, tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump. The Republican governor's office said he took the test as part of ...

Pa. Gov. Wolf roils youth sports world by urging halt until January

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's governor said Thursday youth sports should not resume until January, a recommendation sure to disappoint students, parents and coaches preparing for fall seasons. Gov. Tom Wolf made the comment at a news conference on a separate subject, following up with a ...

Schools go round and round on bus plans

HARRISBURG, Pa. — School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more daunting than figuring out how to maintain ...

Diocese of Steubenville plans ‘face-to-face’ instruction in its 11 schools

STEUBENVILLE — Unless state or local officials tell them otherwise, the Diocese of Steubenville says its schools will offer traditional, “face-to-face” instruction for the 2020-21 school year. Permanent Deacon Paul D. Ward, director of the Diocese of Steubenville’s Office of Christian ...

Toronto mulls use of federal coronavirus aid

TORONTO — Mayor John Parker hopes federal pandemic funds can be used to boost local businesses that were temporarily shuttered because they were deemed non-essential. Parker told City Council last week he’s looking into whether a portion of $115,000 awarded to the city through the ...