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Editorials

Cautious

Going on the offensive against COVID-19 will require knowing more about who has had the disease, perhaps without showing symptoms. To that end, new tests have been developed and are being perfected. Most seem to rely on detecting antibodies the body produces to fight and often, defeat certain ...

Fine-tuning

A CARES-2 Act needs to be written and enacted as soon as possible in Washington — not necessarily to pump more money into the national COVID-19 recovery effort, but to correct flaws in the original law. The ink is barely dry on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which ...

Local Heroes

We can all be grateful that the COVID-19 epidemic in our region is not as bad as in some parts of the country. Almost undoubtedly, our situation will grow worse, however. If it does, our reliance on health care professionals will increase. So, while we all should be doing everything in our ...

Addiction

Once the numbers are in, perhaps in a year or so, it will not be surprising if COVID-19 was not the big killer of West Virginians during at least the first few weeks of this month. Thus far during the coronavirus epidemic, COVID-19 has killed three Mountain State residents. No doubt the death ...

Unemployment

Normally, WorkForce West Virginia personnel handle 3,000 to 5,000 new claims for unemployment compensation every month. In March, the number exceeded 90,000. No wonder both the people and machines handling the claims are overwhelmed. Give them credit for working as quickly as they ...

Safety First

No one can say what course COVID-19 will take through West Virginia. We know that the disease has gained a strong foothold here, however, and if the experience in several other states is any guide, the next several weeks will be a terrible time for us. Gov. Jim Justice has ordered that public ...

Wise Decision

Gov. Jim Justice’s decision — made in consultation with legislators of both parties — to delay the primary election in West Virginia was wise. It will be held June 9 instead of May 12, as had been scheduled previously. Even if by some miracle our state is out of the COVID-19 woods by ...

Snowbirds

Spring weather may bring a new public health hazard to West Virginia and Ohio — “snowbirds.” Some of them, having spent the winter in warmer climes, may be bringing more than boxes of fresh oranges back here. What to do about them is a challenge public health officials in both our ...

Help Needed

More than 41,000 West Virginians filed new claims for unemployment compensation last week. In Ohio, the most recent report showed more than 187,000 new claims. Behind those numbers are a multitude of small businesses, sometimes “mom and pop” operations, that are hurting. Nearly all of ...

Epidemic

West Virginia’s first death from COVID-19 occurred Sunday. An 88-year-old Marion County woman perished from the disease, at a hospital in Clarksburg. Had she become ill just a few weeks ago, the woman might have been treated at Fairmont, in her home county. But there is no hospital there, ...

Latitude

In normal times, organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union would have been on the phone with Gov. Jim Justice’s office within minutes of the press conference he held Monday. These are as far from normal times as most Americans can remember. Even the days following the Sept. 11, ...

Long Break

Schools in West Virginia will not reopen until at least April 20, Gov. Jim Justice said last week. We give the governor credit for optimism, but we doubt that date is realistic, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. It appears school officials and personnel have been doing a stellar job in taking ...

Laughing at Danger

It is difficult, frankly, to view people refusing to join the rest of us in attempting to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus as anything but spoiled brats. The vast majority of them appear to be young. At least reports from our country, such as those of college students packing beaches for ...

Reliable Info

After a relatively slow start, COVID-19 in West Virginia appears to be taking the same course it has elsewhere, of the infection spreading rapidly and broadly. Mountain State residents need reliable information on how deeply the virus has penetrated into our communities. Not having that ...

Spreading

We in West Virginia have been very lucky — fingers crossed — in the COVID-19 outbreak. But if we are to avoid a tragedy such as that in Washington state, we must redouble vigilance regarding the most vulnerable among us. At last count, 20 people at the Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown ...

Upheaval

Gov. Jim Justice was absolutely correct Saturday in describing how the upheaval of COVID-19 is affecting many West Virginians. “It’s like we’re all lost in a movie that we can’t relate to in any way,” Justice noted. We Americans have been very lucky for more than a century and a ...

Doing Our Part

West Virginia could get through this with the ranking we normally hate to see — 50th in the nation. Now, when COVID-19 is the subject, that would be a very good thing. As of Tuesday morning, the Mountain State had the lowest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation, at 20. No one ...

At Risk

Are you part of the 40%? If so, you need to start doing your part. Your failure is putting lives at risk — those of your fellow West Virginians. That messages comes from Gov. Jim Justice — and it may be the most important thing he has said in his entire life. Justice spoke Saturday ...

Education

Just a month ago, students and, no doubt, teachers in West Virginia and Ohio were looking forward to nice spring breaks and classes ending for the year in late May or early June. Mother Nature had been good to us, after all, with few instructional days lost to bad weather. Then Mother Nature ...

Upheaval

West Virginia’s state budget, already in the doldrums, is about to take a severe beating. Blame COVID-19. More important, many Mountain State residents are facing serious, perhaps financially catastrophic, trouble. State officials should be finding a way to help them financially. We are ...