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Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters

DeWine Orders Ban on Visitors at Nursing Homes, State’s Psychiatric Hospitals

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Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered a ban on visitors at Ohio nursing homes and in the state’s psychiatric hospitals. DeWine says nursing homes requested the ban because of the vulnerability of elderly people and those with compromised immune systems to COVID-19. “No one knows the safety of their patients better than the nursing homes themselves,”… Read More

Ohio University basketball players warm up in an empty arena without fans before an NCAA college basketball game against Akron in the Mid-American Conference men's tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Cleveland..

Ohio Players Get in One Last Run After MAC Tourney Canceled

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio got in one last run after its season ended. The Bobcats were on the floor warming up to play Akron when the Mid-American Conference basketball tournament was canceled. The MAC was one of several leagues around the country to scrap games as concern grew over the coronavirus pandemic. After learning of… Read More

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Ohio University Changes Plan, Extends Spring Break Until March 22


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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is extending spring break until Sunday, March 22 as students, faculty, and staff prepare for a transition to online classes and the university tries to limit the spread of COVID-19. This newest announcement means remote and online instruction will begin Monday, March 23. OU announced Tuesday that all in-person… Read More

MAC Tournament, all NCAA sporting events canceled


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CLEVELAND, OH — The 2020 Mid-American Conference tournament has officially been canceled and while the decision comes as a disappointment for MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, the decision was ultimately about the health and well-being of student-athletes, coaches, fans and employees at the MAC Tournament. “We’re disappointed on a lot of levels,” MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher… Read More

Morris University Center at Shawnee State University.

Student at Shawnee State University Tests Negative for COVID-19

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WOUB) — Shawnee State University announced test results were negative for a student who was being monitored for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Two other students were quarantined, and “were determined by the Ohio Department of Health to not need additional testing.” The students traveled outside the country over spring break, the university said in… Read More

Hillel at Ohio University (left, courtesy of Hillel @ OU) and Ohio University Chabad (right, WOUB photo)

Hillel and Chabad Will be Open for Students and Jewish Community in Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Leaders of two Jewish organizations in Athens say their doors will be open for anyone in the community, even as Ohio University has moved to online-only classes. OU announced Tuesday that in-person classes are suspended until March 30, and encouraged students currently on spring break to stay home in an effort… Read More

Donated blood is seen at The American Red Cross donation center in Scranton, Pa., on Monday, March 9, 2020. Due to the flu season and coronavirus, donations are down across the country

After Drop in Number of Blood Drives, Red Cross Needs Donors in Southeast Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Colleges, universities, and K-12 schools are cancelling events nationwide due to the novel coronavirus, which means fewer opportunities for the American Red Cross to hold blood drives. Jackie McCune, district manager for the Central Ohio Blood Region – South and North Team, said her team relies on high schools, colleges, and… Read More

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Several Polling Locations Change in Southeast Ohio Due to Coronavirus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced several polling places will be moved due to the threat of COVID-19 in the state. LaRose has directed all county boards of elections to change voting places that are located where senior citizens reside. Ohio’s primary election is Tuesday, March 17. Below are locations… Read More

Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director

Gov. DeWine Announces Three-Week “Spring Break” Extension for K-12 Schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — will be extending spring break for all K-12 schools for three weeks starting at the close of school Monday, according to Gov. Mike DeWine. He made the announcement at his press conference today regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus. We have today again consulted with experts, so we are announcing today… Read More

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Food Banks (right), checks out the produce while she talks with employees at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Grove City, just south of Columbus

Foodbanks Say Help is Urgently Needed Because of Coronavirus

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Congress is considering a bill that would make it easier for low-income people to get emergency food assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak. And advocates for foodbanks are requesting the state and communities make some changes too. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says the state needs to waive work requirements for the food stamp… Read More

BREAKING: MAC Basketball Tournaments Cancelled Over Coronavirus Concerns

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher announced early Thursday afternoon that the remainder of the conference tournament will be cancelled. “We have been meeting all morning with our directors of athletics and presidents talking about the appropriate path forward,” Steinbrecher said. “We’ve also been paying attention to the world around us.” The world… Read More

Reps. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville, front left) and Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) talk about their bill, as Mark Hill from the Ohio Education Association, Melissa Cropper from the Ohio Federation of Teachers and Rep. Lisa Sobieski (D-Toledo) look on.

Charter School Operators Must Be Non-Profit Under Bipartisan Bill

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Nearly 180 charter schools will have to change how they do business or shut down under a new bipartisan bill introduced in the Ohio House. It’s the latest attempt to crack down on charter schools. Charter schools are non-profit by law, but around 178 are managed by for-profit operators. The bill from Rep. Gayle Manning… Read More

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Anna Dravland, Spread Goodness Day


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Anna Dravland was planning her first big kindness event when she had a massive stroke that nearly took her life. Thanks to her support system, that first Spread Goodness Day still happened and it was wildly successful. Anna is prepping for the third annual Spread Goodness Day on March 13, 2020 and I knew as… Read More

MAC Tournament: Coronavirus’ Impact on Players and Fans

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CLEVELAND, OH — The Coronavirus has altered sporting events across the country — limiting or eliminating spectators at tournament games. The question is how nearly empty arenas would impact the players. But for Ohio, they actually had the loudest crowd here in Cleveland with the assist to the Ohio Men’s basketball team. “I’m glad we’re… Read More

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Ohio Men’s Basketball: ‘Cats ‘Excited’ for Third Matchup with Akron

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — After defeating Central Michigan in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament, Ohio coach Jeff Boals was asked how he was going to pack for his trip to Cleveland. “Three,” Boals responded. For him to use those three suits, the Bobcats would need to play three games, which means they would… Read More