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Hundreds Show Up For Free COVID-19 Testing In Athens Co.

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Hundreds of people from Athens County and beyond walked, rode their bikes and drove to Athens High School Friday for free COVID-19 testing. The pop-up testing site organized by the Ohio Department of Health provided an opportunity for testing outside of a doctor’s recommendation and without scheduling an appointment. Ohio started… Read More

Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund Will Benefit Families In Southeast Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Joe Burrow is partnering with The Athens County Food Pantry (ACFP) and the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) in support of the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund to fight food insecurity in southeast Ohio. Food insecurity is described as the inability to access sufficient and nutritious food on a regular basis…. Read More

Clashes Between “Defend The Police” And “Defend Our Community” End Peacefully

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — On a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon uptown Athens hosted two protests that, despite its tense moments ended with a symbolic gesture of peace. According to a Facebook event page, the “Defend the Police” (DTP) event asked people to gather at the Athens County Courthouse on July 5 to “show support… Read More

Ohio Begins Free “Pop-Up” COVID-19 Testing

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LANCASTER, Ohio (WOUB) —The State of Ohio is now offering free COVID-19 testing for individuals, even if they don’t have symptoms or a referral from a doctor. According to Ohio Department of Health these testing opportunities are in response to the report released by the state’s  Minority Health Strike Force regarding testing access in communities… Read More

Athens Pride Rally Addresses Queer Justice, Racial Justice And Immigration

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — “Stop killing us. Stop killing Black folks. Stop killing Brown folks. Stop killing Queer folks. Stop killing Trans folks. It’s simple, yet people have a hard time understanding that. Stop killing us, period,” were the opening remarks to crowd by delfin bautista, a long know activist and one of the rally… Read More

OU student athletes and coaches march for racial justice on Saturday in Athens.

OU Student Athletes March In Support Of Racial Justice

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Dozens of Ohio University student athletes and coaches staged a march in Athens Saturday afternoon in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. “We’re just trying to get our athletes together so that we can continue pushing this Black Lives movement and we are going to continue to talk and to fight… Read More

Union workers protest the layoffs of 140 Ohio University employees amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Union Workers Again Protest OU Layoffs During Coronavirus Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Union workers at Ohio University and supporters took to the streets in Uptown Athens to again protest layoffs of 140 people during the coronavirus pandemic. Almost 100 protesters gathered Wednesday afternoon wearing American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1699 shirts, face masks and carrying signs. “Chop from the… Read More

Peaceful Powerful Protest in Athens After The Death Of George Floyd

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A peaceful protest was held in uptown Athens on Saturday as anger and protests mount across the United States over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. A group of about one hundred students and supporters chanted, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” crossing toward the College Green… Read More

Childcare Centers To Reopen May 31 Under New Strict COVID-19 Guidelines

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Childcare centers in Ohio can reopen for business starting May 31, after shutting down due to COVID-19 in mid March. Among the new state guidelines for reopening are strict sanitizing measures, temperature controls, and a drastic reduction on the number of children per class. The new COVID-19 guidelines put new caps… Read More

Bridging the internet gap for K-12 students in Athens, Ohio during the pandemic.

How Athens Schools Bridged The Internet Gap During the Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — It was Tuesday, March 10, the day before Ohio had its first 3 COVID-19 cases reported and the state of emergency declared. Students were supposed to return to school from spring break the following Monday, March 16. But Tom Gibbs, superintendent for the Athens City Schools District (ACSD), knew that schools… Read More

Workers Protest OU’s 140 Layoffs Amidst the Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Union workers are continuing to protest, what they say is, unfair and disrespectful treatment by Ohio University. On Saturday morning, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1699 and their supporters held signs along East State Street urging drivers to honk in support. Organizers say at least 110 people… Read More

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

Curbside Blood Work

Health Facility Offers Curbside Blood Work in Times of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 emergency has pushed everyone, specially health professionals, to get creative to be able to accommodate patients. A health facility in Jackson, Ohio is now offering a curbside blood lab that allows people to remain in their car during while having their blood drawn. Trenda Newell, the certified phlebotomist in charge of the blood… Read More

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Athens Sheriff’s Office Hands Out Snacks to Local Children

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —  “Apple, oranges or bananas?” asks a deputy to a family in a car outside Walmart. People driving up to do groceries Monday morning got a little unexpected help. The Athens County Sheriff’s distributed some 500 snack bags for school kids complying with the “stay-at-home” order due to COVID-19. Outside Walmart, a… Read More

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

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

Athens Public Transit busses

Free Rides and Restricted Space Announced for Public Transportation in Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens Public Transit (APT) is announcing changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. All rides are free, effective Monday, March 30, according to APT’s website and Facebook page. “This is to reduce exposure to drivers from handling passes and cash fares,” according to an announcement. The free rides apply to both regular… Read More

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Athens City Schools Prepare to Go Live with Online Instruction

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City Schools District (ACSD) said preparations continue to begin with online classes instruction for all K-12 students in the district. Schools remain closed as a precautionary measure to the coronavirus emergency. The challenge is in making sure every student has access to internet and a computer device before online… 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

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

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Coronavirus Emergency Sparks Demand for Caretakers

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a demand for caretakers who assist people with disabilities. Arian Smedley, Assistant Superintendent for the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities (ACBDD) told WOUB News the statewide demand was there before the coronoavirus. “Now with the coronavirus, we are seeing that the demand is higher.” Smedley… Read More

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Athens City K-12 May See Delay in Start of Remote Classes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens City School District may see a delay in the start of remote classes because of internet access. Online classes had been set to begin March 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic. But there is a possibility not all students will have internet available by that time. The district announced Thursday… Read More

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Free Lunch Options for K-12 Kids in Athens During Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As the coronavirus emergency continues, workers are laid off and food supplies have an irregular flow, some businesses in Athens are chipping in to help parents feed their kids. All Athens City K-12 schools are shutdown to prevent coronavirus spread. While the School District is preparing their meals deliveries starting Monday,… Read More