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Two residents of a nursing home hold up cards they received from a community mail program

Smile Mail Shortens Social Distance for Seniors in Nursing Homes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —  COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes accounts for 40% of all the COVID-19 related deaths in Ohio . Nationwide, COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes account for one-third of all U.S. deaths, according to data collected by the New York Times. Potential underlying health conditions of older populations, as well as living… Read More

A cardboard cutout of Rufus Bobcat wearing a mask outside of College Bookstore in uptown Athens.

Some Retailers in Athens are Back Open, Others Still Shuttered

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In Athens, some businesses have re-opened but others were still closed on Tuesday afternoon. All non-essential businesses in the state have been closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine allowed retail stores to re-open on Tuesday under the Responsible ReStart Ohio plan. At The Market on… Read More

Unemployment

Jobless Benefits System to Pay Ohio’s 1099, Self-Employed and Other Workers Online

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — This morning brought long-awaited news for the self-employed, independent contractors and 1099 workers in Ohio – the system to pay them jobless benefits is live. The notice hit inboxes early, said Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Kimberly Hall. “At 7am we sent out I think 90,000 emails…. Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

ARC Announces COVID-19 Grants for Lenders Helping Small Businesses

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVPB) — The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced $3.75 million for banks and other lenders who have lost money during this global coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the grants are for lenders who work with small or local businesses and nonprofits in the ARC’s 13-state coverage area. In a press release on Monday, the commission stated the… Read More

A closed sign in a store near downtown Columbus

Only Half of 1.1 Million Jobless Claims Have Been Paid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department Job and Family Services has paid more than $2 billion in unemployment claims to nearly 560,000 Ohioans since mid-March. But that’s only half of the 1.1 million claims that have been filed. ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall said some people have filed more than once, so when duplicate claims… Read More

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Factory Street Dance Studio Keeps Dancing (Virtually) Amid COVID-19 Crisis

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Spring is typically a very busy time of year for Factory Street Dance Studio (37 Ohio Avenue, Athens) and their students. Usually the past year of hard work culminates in a Spring Concert for the studio, which champions non-competitive dance. However, the COVID-19 crisis derailed the studio’s plans and has drastically impacted the business’ bottom… Read More

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FRONTLINE’s Unprecedented Documentary Filmed Inside a Hospital Battling COVID-19; Tuesday, May 19 at 10 pm


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Inside Italy’s COVID War Tues., May 19, 2020 Streaming at 7 pm at pbs.org/frontline & in the PBS Video App Airing at 10 pm on PBS and on YouTube www.facebook.com/frontline | Twitter: @frontlinepbs Instagram: @frontlinepbs | YouTube: youtube.com/frontline   As the coronavirus pandemic devastates countries across the globe, much of the suffering has taken place… Read More