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Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Business in Uptown Athens is Down 50 – 85%, Uncertainty Lingers

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ATHENS, Ohio  (WOUB) — Businesses in Uptown Athens are starting to feel the economic impact of COVID-19. Since Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency almost a month ago and Ohio University told students not to come back from spring break, things have rapidly deteriorated for some of the local shops, restaurants and… Read More

A Homemade Fight Against COVID-19

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FRIENDSVILLE, Md – Libby Anderson, the owner and sole employee of The Quilt Garrett, has been in her basement-turned-quilt shop every day of the stay-at-home order. However, she has yet to make one quilt during that time. Instead, she has been busy making medical masks. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused mask shortages all over the… Read More

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Ohio’s Food Banks Say They Need Help to Meet the Current Need for Services

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Leaders of Ohio’s foodbanks say they are overwhelmed by the demand on their services right now. They’re urging the federal government to increase food stamp benefits by 15% and asking Ohio’s leaders to kick in $25 million dollars to help pay for emergency services. The head of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says the number… Read More

Domestic Violence Victims Urged to Text if They Can’t Call During Lockdown

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Domestic violence victims are being urged to text rather than calling the help lines during the Stay at Home order in Ohio due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kelly Cooke, My Sister’s Place executive director, says they are concerned about what’s happening with victims during these times of mandated isolation due to… Read More

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Coronavirus Straining Financial Resources of Ohio Valley Hospitals

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MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — As coronavirus cases continue to increase throughout the Ohio Valley, rural hospitals are preparing for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients. But as they do so, these hospitals face tough financial decisions, and some could close down altogether. Hospitals throughout the region have had to make brutal financial decisions the past… Read More

A patient is prepared for blood work Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at a Boston area medical clinic.

Adena Health System Offering Curbside Lab Collections for Blood Work

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB) — Adena Health System announced it is offering drive-up service for patients who require standard blood work to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to a press release, the locations are in Jackson, Waverly, and Chillicothe. Patients are able to drive up to Adena locations and have blood drawn, which the… Read More

Hocking Hills State Park Closing due to COVID-19 Guidelines


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Hocking Hills State Park and all of its trails will close sunset Friday, April 3, in an attempt to follow COVID-19 precautions. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the unique and narrow trail system makes staying 6-feet apart from other visitors nearly impossible. According to a press release, “The challenging terrain of a narrow… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Summer Classes at Ohio University Move to Remote Instruction

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University announced that there will be no in-person summer classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Provost Elizabeth Sayrs made the announcement in an email sent out on Friday, April 3. “Ohio University will continue to deliver all classes on all campuses through remote and online instruction through the summer, including classes… Read More

Religious Organizations Find Ways to Stay Connected

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Many religious centers around Ohio remain closed after Gov. Mike DeWine extended the stay-at-home order through the beginning of May.  These centers provide essential community support to many Ohioans. And now, as mental health advocates in the state are pressing the importance of maintaining a routine and social interaction, religious organizations are… Read More