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Month: April 2020

Justice’s ‘comeback’ plan greeted with optimism

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling his reopening a “comeback plan,” with hopes of gradually jumpstarting the Mountain State possibly this week. And he’s crediting the people of West Virginia for their efforts in getting to this point. Justice said that, in the last few weeks, West Virginia was able to keep its average cumulative percentage of positive tests for the virus around four percent. And as that number continues to decrease, he’s planning to gradually reopen the state. He says that he will begin re-opening things if West Virginia can have three consecutive days of under three...

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Ohio’s re-opening begins Friday

Plans for re-opening Ohio are being announced with the first wave coming on May 1. That day, healthcare will reopen, including operations and procedures that don’t require an overnight hospital stay. Dentists and vets can also operate at full capacity. Governor Mike DeWine said manufacturing, distribution, and construction will open and have to operate under strict guidelines on May 4. On May 12, consumer, retail, and service businesses will reopen. Employees will be required to wear masks and social distance. Although businesses are starting to re-open, there will still be stay-at-home orders in place and no gatherings of more...

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DeWine says Ohio schools won’t re-open this spring

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Monday that Ohio students will continue to attend schools remotely for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The governor expressed his concerns about children with special needs and health challenges. He said we must find a way to protect these children with those “unique health challenges.” He also spoke of concern for kids with limited or no internet access, and children who do not have supportive home lives. Ohio schools have been operating remotely since March 17. DeWine said no decisions have been made for the fall semester, but there is discussion...

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Trinity Health System begins in-house COVID-19 testing

Some Ohio Valley patients will no longer have to wait days to know the results of their COVID-19 test. Trinity Health System began in-house testing Monday. It’s possible because of a partnership with Franciscan University of Steubenville. The tests will only be available to patients who meet criteria established by the Ohio Department of Health. Trinity Health System patients will no longer have to wait days for their COVID-19 samples to be processed at a lab in Pittsburgh. Thanks to a partnership with Franciscan University of Steubenville, the lab at Trinity’s west campus will get the job done. Dr. Dan...

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Teleconference town hall planned for St. C. water situation

A teleconference town hall on the St. Clairsville water system will take place April 23. The 7 p.m. meeting will include a representative of Aqua Ohio and a local engineer to discuss the water system’s options and possible sale. Questions should be submitted by e-mail or by phone before the end of the business day April 22. Then, on the night of the townhall, call (740) 232-9309 and use the code 2794 to listen to the...

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