Saturday, March 28, 2020

Lawmakers in Washington are making it easier for Americans struggling with the fallout from the coronavirus to draw on the trillions of dollars in their 401(k)s and other retirement accounts.

British journalist Johann Hari is quoted regularly for suggesting that the “opposite of addiction is connection.” However, at the moment, we are all very disconnected. Social distancing has been “mandated” to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Most are taking heed. Those who aren’t following inst…

HUNTINGTON — Amid the reported shortage of medical supplies caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, science departments at Marshall University and local schools are donating lab equipment otherwise going unused.

Friday, March 27, 2020

HUNTINGTON — In an effort to help protect health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members at Marshall University’s Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) have developed ways to produce face shields using 3D printing and laser technology.

CHARLESTON — Sundale Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care in Morgantown inaccurately reported Thursday night to health officials that one of its residents had died, resulting in the state erroneously announcing the first fatality related to COVID-19 in West Virginia on Friday morning.

STATEWIDE INFORMATION: https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/.

HUNTINGTON — In the midst of toilet paper scarcity caused by the novel coronavirus, West Virginia American Water is reminding people to hold off on flushing wipes, paper towels or any other substitute into the sewer systems or septic tanks.

HUNTINGTON — When Tosha Pelfrey began to adjust to life at home during the novel coronavirus outbreak, she realized that many families are experiencing similar problems — keeping small children entertained while adhering to social distancing practices.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced on Friday in Asia after Wall Street logged a third straight day of gains with the approaching congressional approval of a massive coronavirus relief bill.

Friday, March 27, 2020

HUNTINGTON — When Tosha Pelfrey began to adjust to life at home during the novel coronavirus outbreak, she realized that many families are experiencing similar problems — keeping small children entertained while adhering to social distancing practices.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The contrast could hardly be more stark. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has said that if all of his sweeping, expensive measures to stem the coronavirus saved one life, it would be worth it. President Donald Trump has another view: The costs of shutting down the economy outw…

HUNTINGTON — Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many events have been canceled or postponed, and businesses or other gathering places closed. If you planned to attend a meeting, event or any type of gathering, verify its status prior to attending.

HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter is encouraging people to foster or adopt a pet to keep them company during the COVID-19 outbreak and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s stay-at-home order, according to Executive Director Courtney Proctor Cross.

HUNTINGTON — Unemployment claims have skyrocketed across the nation, including Appalachia, as the reaction to the coronavirus has shut down or curtailed many businesses.

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia attorney general is sending warning letters to landlords threatening to evict tenants left scrambling to pay bills during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

CHICAGO (AP) — The orders seem prudent in the bid to thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus: Don't go out, don't gather with others and keep your stores closed. But growing segments of the U.S. population say state and federal governments are trampling on freedoms central to American lif…

Wednesday morning, traffic flowed on the main thoroughfares in downtown Huntington, although at a lesser rate than normal as people obeyed the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Jim Justice on Monday. On-street parking was widely available. In most cases, you could get a meter in front of the…

COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is bringing illness, death, financial destruction, fear and more to the whole world. This is new territory; it’s a century since the 1918 influenza pandemic caused similar devastation. Now that so many are afflicted by this malady, it is time to not only take…

HUNTINGTON — Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many events have been canceled or postponed, and businesses or other gathering places closed. If you planned to attend a meeting, event or any type of gathering, verify its status prior to attending.

HUNTINGTON — Sheetz, in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, announced some changes to in-store operations in order to protect the health and well-being its team members, customers and the communities it serves.

HUNTINGTON — A union representing nurses with Cabell Huntington Hospital has expressed concern about hospital policies and the availability of personal protective equipment, but a hospital official said the hospital is complying with state and federal guidelines.

HUNTINGTON — With each of the three Tri-State governors issuing stay-at-home orders over the past week, rumors have swirled on social media about Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia shutting down bridges in and out of the states in an effort to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus a…

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

HUNTINGTON — As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to grow in the region and the world, Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday extended the closure of schools in West Virginia until April 20.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear reported the fifth Kentucky death linked to coronavirus Wednesday as total statewide cases during the pandemic approached 200 despite a slight drop in the number of new cases from the previous day.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mandatory state testing for schools would be ditched this year and Ohioans who didn't vote in the March 17 primary would have until April 28 to cast an absentee ballot under emergency legislation approved Wednesday by Ohio lawmakers to address the impact of the coronavirus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — About 2,000 child care centers have been approved so far under a special “pandemic” license, while lawmakers are rushing to pass legislation to address the widespread impact of the coronavirus. A look at virus-related developments in Ohio on Wednesday:

HUNTINGTON — Cabell County Schools has added several grab-and-go student meal sites to operate Monday through Friday through the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics were postponed a year as coronavirus deaths and infections surged in Europe and the U.S. on Tuesday, with New York warning it is about to get hit by a “bullet train." Stocks soared after Washington lawmakers said they were close on a nearly $2 trillion deal…

The Inspector general of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not suspend or discontinue benefits…

HUNTINGTON — Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many events have been canceled or postponed, and businesses or other gathering places closed. If you planned to attend a meeting, event or any type of gathering, verify its status prior to attending.

HUNTINGTON — As families and significant others are pushed closer together because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, advocates fighting against domestic violence remain on the front line, ready to address a possible uptick in abuse.

HUNTINGTON — For senior students of the public relations program at the Marshall University W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the success of a spring-semester capstone project can draw the line between those students graduating or not.

HUNTINGTON — Amid the uncertainty of the novel coronavirus pandemic, local mental and behavioral health organizations are making changes to best serve their clients while following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines.

As the situation continues to evolve each day and more is learned about the virus sweeping the world, officials in West Virginia are working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the state's elderly population, which appears to have already begun.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's newest coronavirus patients included a person who attended a “coronavirus party," which drew a strong rebuke from Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fate of the remaining school year, including graduation requirements and state-mandated testing, are among the top issues before lawmakers planning a return to Columbus this week to address challenges posed by the coronavirus.

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to its best day since 1933 as Congress and the White House neared a deal on Tuesday to inject nearly $2 trillion of aid into an economy ravaged by the reaction to the coronavirus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets player Cam Atkinson, Dayton basketball coach Anthony Grant and former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel are among Ohio sports celebrities joining an effort to encourage residents to comply with a statewide order to stay home except for doing es…

BARBOURSVILLE — Both the Huntington Mall in Barboursville and the Ashland Town Center Mall in Ashland have announced they are temporarily closing.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional and White House officials emerged from grueling negotiations at the Capitol over the nearly $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package saying they expected to reach a deal Tuesday.