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Coronavirus

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 ...

EVE Inc. offers mask advice to survivors of assault

Many would agree wearing a mask is not exactly comfortable, but for domestic and sexual assault survivors, it can trigger strong, negative emotions. EVE Inc., an organization in Marietta that helps men and women who may be in these situations, gave some tips for people who may have negative ...

Court adapts to pandemic, cases progress

Despite COVID restrictions, court cases are still moving forward at the Washington County Courthouse. Several cases, including those of Kendall Richards and Devin Lindsey, were completed this year, with others extending into the new year. “Ones that are more complicated are being ...

Peoples Bank donates $100K to COVID-19 relief

From staff reports Peoples Bank President and CEO Chuck Sulerzyski presented a $100,000 matching gift Friday to the Memorial Health Foundation for Memorial Health System for COVID-19 relief. “The COVID-19 pandemic has surged in our region in the last several weeks. We are so lucky to have ...

Williamstown lights up for holiday

Williamstown celebrated the spirit of the holidays and gave back with its first Light Up The Town socially-distanced celebration on Thursday. Santa, his elves and even the Grinch rode around town in an escort led by the fire and police departments to wave to residents and encourage joy amidst ...

Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program distributes gifts in Marietta

Approximately 560 Washington County children will have presents under the Christmas tree as a result of this year’s Salvation Army Angel Tree program in Marietta. Gifts were distributed drive-thru style at the rear of the fair board office at the Washington County Fairgrounds on ...

Camden Clark Medical Center receives vaccine

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine shots in Parkersburg were given out at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center on Tuesday. Issued out at 6 a.m., the first two to receive the shots were the hospital’s Emergency Department Director Brian Richardson and David Gnegy, President of ...

Board of Health closes out 2020

The Washington County Board of Health met for its final regular business meeting of 2020 Monday to close out the year’s accounts and discuss constraints of funding for coronavirus contact tracing. The board, minus the absent president, also unanimously voted to discontinue the ...

Marietta schools go fully remote

After classes conclude this week, Marietta City Schools students will stay home the first two weeks of instruction in 2021. Superintendent Will Hampton asked the district’s board of education on Monday to approve the option to remain fully remote for all students following the winter ...

Wolf Creek BOE hears teacher survey results

WATERFORD — The Wolf Creek Local Board of Education was apprised of results from a recent teacher survey during Monday evening’s meeting. Sara Beardsley and Sharon Baumgard, co-presidents of the Wolf Creek Local Education Association, said 45 of the 53 members of the organization ...

How to translate COVID data

Multiple data points, data sources and entities contacting each other and state offices to track a pandemic can mean translating reported daily data from a summary map becomes confusing. For example, Thursday’s death records from the Ohio Disease Reporting System for Washington County show ...

Washington County continues to see more cases

According to Thursday’s Ohio Disease Reporting System data, 41 Washington County residents who have been diagnosed with coronavirus have also died, though only 31 deaths are logged as due to the virus and two are logged as probably due to the virus on the county map dashboard produced by the ...

Teachers’ union organizes peaceful demonstration

Tense times are calling on individuals who work together to exercise emotional discipline this year and seek avenues for peaceful protest and difficult, but necessary, dialogue. Marietta City Schools are no exception. The city school district’s teacher union organized a demonstration ...

Washington County and Noble County reach red in Ohio advisory system

Today's coronavirus data in Ohio has pushed Washington and Noble counties into high alert. Morgan County schools went remote until Christmas, according to a robocall that notified families last night. Warren Local Schools in Washington County will remain hybrid (separated student populations ...

Humane Society closes due to COVID-19

The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley hopes to reopen Thursday after closing due to an employee testing positive for COVID. “We are scheduled to reopen on Thursday as long as we have no one else test positive,” Madison Barnett, feline kennel tech, said. She said they have been keeping ...

Board of Health officially accepts Coffman resignation

The Washington County Board of Health officially accepted the resignation of Department Administrator Roger Coffman on Monday in a special business meeting. Coffman resigned in the last special meeting of the board, during executive session on Nov. 23. But since Ohio public meeting laws ...