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Coronavirus

J&J COVID-19 vaccine application paused

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud and Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff are advising all Ohio vaccine providers to temporarily pause using the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. The announcement is in response to ...

Local health departments under the weather

As the nation kicked off National Public Health Week, turmoil and change has continued in local administrations. ¯ Marietta-Belpre Health Department Concerns about the joint health department encompassing both of Washington County’s cities have residents and other health workers ...

Check-In: Drug Court optimistic for future work

With the lifting of some restrictions due to COVID-19, Compass Drug Court officials are hopeful they will see some semblance of normal soon. “We’re doing well and chugging along and hopefully we’ll get back in person,” said Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi, who ...

Marietta Aquatic Center set to open May 29

By Michele Newbanks Staff Reporter Local residents sweltered in the hot summer sun last year, but with the easing of some pandemic restrictions, families will have a place to cool off starting May 29 at the Marietta Aquatic Center. But between now and then, a lot of work will be done to ...

County Home prepares for changes

Plans are already underway for changes at the Washington County Home under the guidance of the new director, Deanna Green. Fiscal and administrative work for the home will soon be handled by Washington County Job and Family Services. Flite Freimann, JFS director, said any discussion on the ...

Council briefed on rescue plan

Marietta City Council was briefed Monday on the impacts of the recently passed American Rescue Plan from the federal government. They were told that the funds from the rescue plan are strictly to be used for infrastructure projects, but the Times cannot corroborate that specific restriction ...

OU program to help distribute vaccines

Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Community Health Programs will distribute COVID-19 vaccines in southeast Ohio via its mobile clinics. OU announced the program Monday. The college will work with health departments in counties with the highest need for ...

Monroe County teachers receive vaccine

WOODSFIELD — More than 200 teachers and staff of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 last week. Linda Masters, administrator of the Monroe County Health Department, said multiple health department nurses traveled ...

Broughton community center plays host to vaccine clinic

Volunteers were at the heart of the clinic Monday at the Broughton’s community center on Ohio 821. First, an appointment for a time slot was confirmed in the parking lot driveway headed towards the community building. Early birds arriving for their appointment were asked to wait in ...

UPDATE: Marietta-Belpre Health Board has 60 days to replace health commissioner

The Marietta-Belpre Board of Health has 60 days to replace the Health Commissioner Anne Goon following an executive session of the joining city board today. The board approved the acceptance of Goon's resignation following an hour-long executive session that included both city law directors ...

Region ranks high in Ohio’s COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus positive caseloads, weather delays of vaccine clinics and multiple boards of health meetings have put public health back in the spotlight this week outside the confines of a January outbreak of the virus in the county jail. Tuesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine released an updated list of ...

COVID outbreak at jail prompts scrutiny

County jail safety was the topic of discussion both in Columbus and in Marietta on Tuesday. Protocols are under scrutiny at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office following an outbreak of coronavirus at the Washington County Jail at the close of January. Meanwhile, State Rep. Jay Edwards, ...

Belpre officials optimistic about pool opening

BELPRE — Belpre officials are hopeful that the Belpre City Pool at Civitan Park will be opening this summer, if the COVID-19 pandemic situation permits it. Belpre City Council held its regular meeting Monday evening. Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Belpre City Building has been ...

CCMC offers COVID-19 antibody therapies

PARKERSBURG - WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center is now offering the two leading monoclonal antibody therapies in the treatment of COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapies Bamlanivimab and ...

Lorentz: Belpre Senior Center may reopen Feb. 1

BELPRE — The Belpre Senior Center could open for limited services beginning Feb. 1, Mayor Mike Lorentz told Belpre City Council at its regular meeting Monday evening. Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Belpre City Building has been closed since Nov. 18, with all business conducted by ...

Memorial Health Systems sets vaccination clinics

The Memorial Health System will be holding vaccination clinics this week and is working to get people signed up for those and future clinics being planned. People are signing up for the appointment-only drive-thru clinics that will be occurring this week and in the near future. One clinic ...

Belpre BOE talks appointments, in-person classes

BELPRE — As part of the first board of education meeting of 2021, the Belpre City Schools named Mike Miller as Board President and Fred Meredith as Vice President on Monday evening at Stone Administration Building/Early Learning Center. Both Miller and Meredith were voted unanimously in ...

Salvation Army shelter locked down

The Salvation Army of Belmont County imposed a lockdown on itself after three people living in its homeless shelter tested positive for COVID-19. All 25 residents of the shelter in Bellaire are being quarantined, the agency said on its Facebook page. “On Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, we had our ...

Monroe ranks top in-state COVID-19 occurrence rate

Monroe County has the highest COVID-19 occurrence rate in the state due to its small population size and large number of current cases. According to the Ohio Department of Health’s latest statistics, the county is No. 1 in virus occurrence rate, having 137 new cases among 13,790 residents ...

Washington County vaccinations being organized

Staff Report Health departments in Washington County are organizing vaccinations, starting with the priority segments of society, officials said. The Washington County Health Department on Monday vaccinated first responders and health care workers at the Broughton Nature and Wildlife ...