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.
COVID-19 Stories

Local COVID-19 Trackers

Ohio Valley Unemployment Claims Soar To Nearly 400,000 Amid Pandemic Shutdown

Claims for unemployment insurance soared around the Ohio Valley region as nearly 400,000 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia sought help amid the economic freeze associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The new numbers come from data released Thursday morning by the U.S. Department of Labor showing more than 6.6 million unemployment claims around the […]

Our Local COVID-19 Tracker Gives You County-Level Data On The Coronavirus

Since the first Ohio Valley region COVID-19 patient was confirmed nearly a month ago, cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus have continued to increase in the state. Along with that increase in cases comes an increase in questions: How many cases are there around me? How many people in my community have […]

West Virginia COVID-19 Tracker

Ohio COVID-19 Tracker

Kentucky COVID-19 Tracker

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 […]