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Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

State Jobless Filings Will be Released Weekly, Not Daily, as Feds Demand

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The numbers of Ohioans filing for unemployment benefits are rising daily – so many that the state’s unemployment website was having trouble handling them. And the state is now clarifying why it will no longer do daily releases about how many people are filing jobless claims. For the first few days of shutdowns related to… Read More

West End Ciderworks and Distillery in Athens, Ohio.

West End Distillery Produces Hand Sanitizer to Combat Shortage

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Along with gin, bourbon, vodka, and ciders, staff at West End Ciderhouse and Distillery are now making hand sanitizer for the Athens County community. Deanna Schwartz, co-founder of West End Ciderhouse and West End Distillery, said the distillery began this process about a week and a half ago to combat a… Read More

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CORRECTION: Glouster Utility Customers Make Payments – Avoid March 23 Shutoffs

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CORRECTION: This updated version corrects a report from Monday, March 23 that indicated a shut off had occurred. The Village of Glouster stated the correct information is customers who faced shut offs paid their bills before Monday’s scheduled shut offs and no shut offs occured. GLOUSTER, Ohio (WOUB) — All customers of Glouster Water and… Read More

Primary Care Physicians are on the Front Line of Battle Against COVID-19


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While we concentrate on medical pandemic experts and public health officials for prognostications about the Coronavirus pandemic, primary care physicians are often on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. They frequently go unnoticed by the pundits and the policymakers. They are the “unsung heroes” of this fight, says Dr. Kenneth H. Johnson, the Executive… Read More

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COVID-19 Testing Facility Opens in Athens for Those Referred by Physician

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An outpatient COVID-19 testing facility opened Tuesday in Athens in response to the coronavirus pandemic. OhioHealth spokesperson, Keely Stockwell, says they are not making the location public because people are only to show up there unless referred by a physician. “This testing site is not an on-demand testing site for the… Read More

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Athens Co. Municipal Court Re-Schedules In-Person Hearings

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens County Municipal Court is rescheduling all in-person hearings until May 1 or later, according to a post on the court web page, as a precaution to the coronavirus pandemic. Hearings that can be resolved remotely will take place via video or teleconferencing. People awaiting hearings should contact their attorney… Read More

A tent outside of the O'Bleness Emergency Department ready for any surge in patients showing symptoms of COVID-19

O’Bleness Puts Up Outside Tent to Prepare for Possible COVID-19 Patients

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to get ready for imminent patients in Athens, O’Bleness Emergency Department erected a screening tent outside the emergency department entrance. The outside facility aims to reduce the possibility of transmission of the coronavirus and to protect other patients from exposure… Read More

Coronavirus Pandemic

First COVID-19 Death Reported in Gallia County

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GALLIPOLIS, OH (WOUB) — The Gallia County Health Department is reporting the county’s first death related to COVID-19. The department confirmed the news on its Facebook page Tuesday in a statement. According to the statement, the case investigation has been completed and all individuals who may have had contact with the person or symptomatic individuals… Read More

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Fairfield County Confirms First COVID-19 Case

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LANCASTER, Ohio – Fairfield County reported its first positive case of the Coronavirus Tuesday. According to a news release from the Fairfield County Health Department (FDH), the person is being isolated. The release goes on to include, “FDH is working to identify close contacts of this resident and will contact anyone who would require testing… Read More

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“THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY” Beginning Thursday, March 26 at 9


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PBS TO AIR KEN BURNS’S “THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY” – First Documentary to Interlace the Stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt–  – Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti and Edward Herrmann Voice Eleanor, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt – PBS announced today that THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, a seven-part, 14-hour documentary by Ken Burns, will… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily press conference on coronavirus on March 22, 2020.

DeWine Orders Cuts in State Spending in Advance of Hit from Coronavirus

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The number of deaths from COVID-19 doubled from yesterday – going from three deaths announced Sunday to six today. And Gov. Mike DeWine has issued several orders to state government as it fights coronavirus, saying that he expects state revenues to go to go down dramatically. DeWine said he’s ordering an immediate hiring freeze in… Read More

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“One Child Nation” to Debut on PBS’S INDEPENDENT LENS, March 30 at 10 pm


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NANFU WANG’S ONE CHILD NATION TO MAKE PUBLIC TELEVISION DEBUT ON PBS’S INDEPENDENT LENS IN MARCH The Acclaimed Documentary Exploring the Devastating Impacts of China’s One Child Policy to Make Broadcast Television Debut on March 30, 2020, and will be Available to Stream on PBS.org   China’s one-child policy, the extreme population control measure that… Read More