As COVID-19 continues to spread across the region, we will continue to bring you coverage of the effects the virus has on our community. Read our stories and ask us your own coronavirus-related questions below.
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UMWA Wants More Coronavirus Protections For Coal Miners

The United Mine Workers of America is asking federal regulators to set uniform, enforceable guidelines to help protect coal miners from contracting COVID-19. In a letter dated Tuesday, March 24, UMWA President Cecil Roberts wrote to the Mine Safety and Health Administration requesting the agency issue a “safeguard” or “emergency standard” that would require coal […]

Ohio Valley Facing Pandemic With A Health System Hollowed Out By Hospital Closures

As new cases of coronavirus mount in the Ohio Valley, health officials are bracing for an onslaught of patients and what could be unprecedented demand for beds, medical staff and specialized equipment. Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have disproportionately high rates of people vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. But the region’s capacity to treat […]

Ohio Valley Coal Industry Braces As COVID-19 Impacts Electricity Demand, International Exports

As states across the Ohio Valley order the closure of non-essential businesses to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, coal mines will remain open. But as with many industries, the global pandemic is straining the coal sector, and some experts say the already struggling industry could face intense challenges in the months ahead as […]

Food Service Fallout: Coronavirus Closures Hit Ohio Valley Workers

Ray’s Harvest House in Albany, Ohio, had to lay off 11 people following Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s order that all bars and restaurants close dine-in services. Denise Hager was a cook at the restaurant and said she’ll miss seeing and talking to all of her regular customers.  “I don’t like it, but then again I […]

Coronavirus School Closures Send Teachers, Parents Scrambling To Adjust

School systems across the Ohio Valley are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by canceling face-to-face classes and extending spring breaks. That’s left teachers, administrators and parents scrambling to meet the unexpected challenges to care for, feed, and educate children while they are away from school.  Ashley Blankenship has two school-age children in Athens, Ohio. One […]

Ohio Valley Colleges And Universities Respond To Coronavirus Threat

College administrators around the region are weighing their options as the novel coronavirus pandemic makes the lectures, events and dormitories of campus life potential means of transmission of the highly infectious virus. Several schools are opting for distance learning and suspending in-person classes.   The Ohio Valley ReSource and its partner stations will update this story […]