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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

Ohio University's Alumni Gateway on March 10, 2020

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