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COVID-19: The Latest

W.Va. restaurants, bars can go to 100 percent, governor says

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice announced a new round of easing Friday for COVID-19 restrictions on residents and businesses as coronavirus statistics continue to trend in better directions. Speaking during his Friday morning COVID-19 briefing from the State Capitol Building, Justice said ...

Goal set for lifting of Ohio health orders

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday set a specific target of reduced coronavirus cases as the benchmark for ending public health orders in Ohio, including mask wearing. Those orders will be lifted once the state hits the mark of 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, ...

Ohio expanding those eligible for vaccines

COLUMBUS — Ohio will receive nearly 450,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine this week thanks to the approval of a third vaccine, and the state is expanding eligible recipients to people 60 and over, pregnant women, day care workers, and police officers, among others, Gov. Mike DeWine said ...

IC sets staff vaccinations, graduation

From staff reports MINGO JUNCTION — Faculty and staff at Indian Creek Local Schools will be obtaining vaccinations during the next week in the latest move to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Superintendent T.C. Chappelear informed board members during a brief session on Thursday that ...

U.S. surpasses 500,000 deaths, confirming virus’s tragic reach

For weeks after Cindy Pollock began planting tiny flags across her yard — one for each of the more than 1,800 Idahoans killed by COVID-19 — the toll was mostly a number. Until two women she had never met rang her doorbell in tears, seeking a place to mourn the husband and father they had ...

U.S. coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. The figure compiled by ...

Local Phase 1B vaccine supply remains a challenge

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County went into Phase 1B of the state’s vaccine distribution plan about a month ago, and, according to county Medical Director Dr. Mark Kissinger, that process is going as well as the supply allows. “It’s going well,” he said. “The biggest challenge ...

Bill to limit DeWine’s health orders passes in Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS — A small committee of legislators could overrule the Ohio governor's health orders under a bill the state Senate approved Wednesday that marks the latest effort by GOP lawmakers to restrict fellow Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's response to the coronavirus ...

Challenges for couples abound during pandemic

(AP) - For many U.S. couples yearning to be married, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on their wedding plans while bolstering their teamwork and resilience. For couples already married, it has posed a host of new tests, bringing some closer, pulling others apart. Spending more time together — ...