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Health officials would like to see more younger people get vaccines

While shots have been going in arms quickly for the older populations in West Virginia, health officials are now concerned about some of those in the younger age groups. According to the state’s website, more than 890,000 doses have been administered — and almost 360,000 people are fully vaccinated. People under the age of 45 only account for 17 percent of those. And across the state, health officials are seeing positive cases rise among that age group. “The greatest number of new cases is in the 18s up to 40 years old,” C. Clark Milton, D.O., the director of...

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1 dead, 3 injured after multi-vehicle crash in Wheeling

I-70 and I-470 were closed Sunday due to a crash but opened back up shortly after to allow for slowed traffic to pass through. The crash occurred near the I-470 split and some traffic in Elm Grove was redirected as the fire hose was stretched across National Road to reach the interstate. The Wheeling Police Department confirms one person died in the crash while 3 others were injured and transported to Wheeling Hospital. Police say a delivery truck, passenger car and a tractor-trailer collided, resulting in the delivery truck catching fire. The Wheeling Fire Department was on scene extinguishing...

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Belmont commissioners unable to make county a 2nd Amendment sanctuary

Residents in Belmont County have been requesting that Commissioners to consider making the county a 2nd Amendment sanctuary. That means the county would continue to abide by all federal laws that are currently in place but would oppose the enforcement of new laws. A local shooting academy owner made the request earlier this month addressing concerns with some in congress pushing for stricter gun laws. Wednesday, the commission adopted a resolution to support the 2nd Amendment, but County Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan says the commissioners cannot decide to become a sanctuary county. “The commissioners do not have unlimited authority,’ Flanagan...

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Thousands of vaccine doses available at Wheeling Hospital Highlands site

Wheeling Hospital now has 5,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine available to residents of the Northern Panhandle according to Wheeling Hospital Vice President Tony Martinelli. He says the hospital received an additional 1500 doses this week in addition to their usual allotment. They will also have 5000 doses available next week said Martinelli. He said that almost 50 percent of Ohio County residents have received the first dose of the vaccine. If you don’t live in Ohio County, Martinelli still encourages you to book an appointment with Wheeling Hospital since there is a large supply of vaccines. People in the Northern...

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Wheeling Hospital launches self-schedule website for COVID vaccine appointments

Wheeling Hospital has launched a new self-scheduling website for people to make COVID-19 vaccine appointments. These vaccine appointments will continue to be administered at the Community Vaccine Clinic at the Highlands. With Gov. Jim Justice making vaccine distribution more widely available, vaccinating a greater number of the local population remains a priority. The clinic collaboration includes Wheeling Hospital, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, the county Emergency Management Agency and Wheeling Health Right. Under the governor’s expanded criteria, in addition to an increase in vaccine supply, Wheeling Hospital plans to expand its distribution initiative. To sign up for the new...

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