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Lawrence County Confirms First Positive COVID-19 Case

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IRONTON, Ohio (WOUB) — Health officials in Lawrence County confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the county. The Lawrence County Health Department announced the result Wednesday in a statement. According to the statement, the person has not been hospitalized, did not have any recent travel history and hand no known exposure to a… Read More

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OU Study-Abroad Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University student who briefly went to their off-campus housing after returning from a study-away program self-identified that they tested positive for COVID-19. OU President Duane Nellis wrote in an email Wednesday that university officials confirmed the test result with health officials in the student’s permanent county of residence. “Our student… Read More

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Athens Co. Health Commissioner Orders Public Bodies to Conduct Meetings Online

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Dr. James Gaskell, Athens City-County Health Commissioner, is ordering all public bodies in the county to “make best efforts” to conduct their business digitally as a precaution to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Ohio Attorney General’s office, public bodies include state and local government agencies such as school boards, city… Read More

This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Plan for Ethane ‘Cracker’ Plant in Belmont County Takes a Step Forward

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A partnership proposing to build an ethane “cracker” plant in Ohio has reached economic development agreements to pay two government entities millions in the coming years. A spokesman says that while the agreements are an important step, PTTGC America and Daelim Chemical USA have not made an investment decision on building the… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily coronavirus press conference on March 20. Behind him are Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.

Employees Encouraged to Speak Out on Unsafe Work Conditions

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Ohio’s Stay At Home order is now in effect and many non-essential businesses are closed. However, there are still a number of businesses that remain open which could be raising concerns for workers. State officials say there are measures in place to empower employees. Gov. Mike DeWine says employees of businesses designated as essential can… Read More

FILE - This May 24, 2005, file photo shows a sign of a pet store chain, PetSmart, in Warwick, R.I.

PetSmart Designates Shopping Hours for Seniors and Immune-Compromised Customers

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (WOUB) — PetSmart announced it is designating shopping hours two days a week for seniors and other people at risk for contracting the novel coronavirus. These hours will be 9:00-10:00 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, according to an email sent to customers. This includes people over 60, pregnant women, and those who are immunocompromised…. Read More

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Medical Supply Donation Site Announced at O’Bleness Hospital

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital set up a temporary for people to donate needed medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials ask that you send an email to supplydonation@ohiohealth.com and OhioHealth will contact you to finalize the donation. The drive-up, drop-off collection site is located in the O’Bleness parking lot at 55 Hospital… Read More

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Wood County, W. Va. Confirms First Positive Case of COVID-19

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOUB) — The Department of Health and Human Resources in West Virginia confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Wood County Tuesday. Details about the case were limited Tuesday night. The announcement was part of a daily update from the state, which confirmed 19 new cases on March 24. West Virginia had… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Ohio University Delays Personnel-Related Budget Cuts During Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has paused personnel-related budget reductions in response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. According to a release, the university on Wednesday requested the action be taken for an undetermined amount of time. “Our current focus must be on the safety and well-being of our campus communities as we continue to ensure… Read More