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Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

ODJFS Implements Emergency Child Care Measures During COVID-19 Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio will be issuing temporary pandemic child care licenses in an effort to increase access to child care during the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Director Kim Hall announced the emergency action Tuesday she claimed would provide child care to families where parents work in the health, safety,… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

How to Support Ohio University Students Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is collecting funds to give financial support to students who may be affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak. All students are encouraged not to return to the main campus. Classes at all OU locations will take place online for the remainder of the semester. OU’s Division of Student Affairs… Read More

OhioHealth

OhioHealth Implements Visitor Restrictions, Requests Public Help to Fight Coronavirus Spread

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — OhioHealth, which owns Athens’ O’Bleness and 27 other hospitals in Ohio, has implemented visitor restrictions at all of its locations as a precaution to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health system released the following visitor guidelines: Visitors must be 18 years or older Patients will be limited to one visitor at… Read More

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Athens K-12 Schools To Begin Remote Instruction and Meal Deliveries

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City School District (ACSD) is working on a plan to begin meal deliveries to K-12 students starting Monday, March 23 and online classes beginning March 30. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, K-12 schools in Athens had their Spring break extended. Instead of resuming classes on Monday, March 16 they… Read More

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton speaks at a news conference, as Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Gov. Mike DeWIne and First Lady Fran Dewine and Commerce Director Sherry Maxfield look on. A sign language interpreter is present at these events.

Health Department Orders Elective Procedures Canceled

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio’s Department of Health will issue a public health order telling medical centers to stop all elective surgeries and other procedures, in an effort to free up staff and equipment for dealing with COVID-19 coronavirus. The state on Tuesday reported 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 16 counties. Of those cases,… Read More

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Dollar General Dedicates First Hour of Day to Senior Shoppers, Adjusts Closing Hours

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Dollar General’s national office announced it plans to dedicate the first hour of each day to senior customers, and will adjust store hours, beginning Tuesday. Senior citizens are one of the groups most at risk for contracting COVID-19. “Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase… Read More