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Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

42 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Oct. 16-18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,695 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 42 new cases were reported Saturday through Monday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Oct. 18, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 11 people 20-29, 10 people 0-19, seven people… Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

Booster shots challenge governments during global vaccine inequality

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — COVID-19 was the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 35 to 54 during some months since the pandemic began last year, according to recent data. Meanwhile, as the Delta variant continues to drive infections around the world, the push for booster shots in the U.S. has… Read More

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The 72nd COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 26 new cases for Oct. 15

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 72 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Friday. The county also has now had 7,653 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 26 new cases were reported for the same day…. Read More

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36 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Oct. 14

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,627 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 36 new cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Oct. 14, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 16 people 0-19, five people 20-29, three people 30-39, three… Read More

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Childhood obesity rates in the Ohio Valley are higher than the national average

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RICHMOND, Ky. (OVR) — For the second year in a row, Kentucky has the highest rate of childhood obesity among kids ages 10-to-17 at 23.8%. That’s according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released this week. Senior Program Officer Jamie Bussel said rates are too high across the country. “They’ve been exacerbated by COVID,… Read More

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22 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Oct. 13

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,591 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 22 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Oct. 13, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved five people 0-19, three people 30-39, three people 50-59, three… Read More

Ohio Department of Health conducting tests for COVID-19 with testing equipment.

The Pandemic Influenced Americans’ Desire To Work In Health Care

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare many vulnerabilities in America’s healthcare system, including a worsening shortage of nurses and physicians. But recent data indicates a new surge of interest in nursing, medical and other health-related career programs. NewsHour’s Stephanie Sy has this report for their series “Rethinking College.”

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

United Against Higher Spending, Centrist Democrats Don’t Agree On What To Cut Or Keep

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill have set the end of October as the time frame to nail down an agreement on a scaled-back version of President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda. After initially setting the price tag at $3.5 trillion over 10 years to enact sweeping health care, climate, education and… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Three COVID-Related Deaths Have Been Reported In Athens County, Along With 26 New Cases For Oct. 12

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 71 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after three were added to the total Tuesday. The county also has now had 7,569 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 26 new cases were reported for the same day…. Read More

Akira Johnson has been facing eviction because her landlord would not accept payment from South Carolina's rent and utility assistance program.

Why Rent Help From Congress Has Been So Slow Getting To People Who Need It

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (NPR) — Akira Johnson lives in Columbia, S.C., with her three kids. She tries to make the place joyful for them with flowers and pillows that say things like “happy” and “sunshine.” She has decorated one wall with the logo of her small business: an eye with amazing eyelashes. “I’m a licensed cosmetologist,”… Read More

Vaccination form during the coronavirus epidemic in the hands of a vaccinated man.

Here’s What You Can Do If You Lose Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many who’ve gotten the COVID shot carry that proof of COVID vaccination with them to get into restaurants, concerts, even keep their jobs. But what happens if you lose that card you get along with the shot? Some states have phone apps where cards can be uploaded, and some… Read More

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Two COVID-Related Deaths Have Been Reported In Athens County, Along With 19 New Cases For Oct. 8

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 68 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after two were added to the total Friday. The county also has now had 7,485 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 19 new cases were reported for the same day…. Read More

House Commerce and Labor Committee holds informal hearings for HB435.

The Future Of The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Exemptions Bill Is Unclear


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The legislation, HB435, would allow students and employees in the public and private sector to opt out of the shot if they don’t want it by creating broad exemptions that could be claimed by anyone. But legislators say it’s important to tackle the subject with accurate information. Lawmakers, mostly… Read More

A healthcare worker prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination clinic at a high school in Los Angeles in August.

Pfizer Officially Asks The FDA To Authorize Its COVID Vaccine For Kids Aged 5-11

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Updated October 7, 2021 at 9:27 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are officially asking the Biden administration to authorize the use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer tweeted on Thursday that the companies had submitted their formal request for Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine to… Read More

Ross McGregor, Ohio Manufacturers' Association, testifies against HB435

A House Committee Will Hear Up To 14 Hours Of Testimony On Vaccine Exemptions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers are preparing for two days of testimony on a bill, HB435, that creates exemptions in state law for people who don’t want to comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The bill would allow students and employees in the public and private sector to claim COVID-19 vaccine mandate exemptions,… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

43 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Oct. 6

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,442 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 43 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Oct. 6, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 13 people 0-19, eight people 20-29, seven people 70-79,… Read More

The National Guard and the Athens City-County Health Department administered free pop-up COVID-19 tests at the Athens High School parking lot in August.

Long Into The Pandemic, Ohio Valley Health Departments Aren’t Just Fighting COVID-19

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Ohio Valley ReSource · 092421OVR – F The pandemic has swamped health departments. Since August, Ohio Valley health departments  have been dealing with a massive surge in cases and that means more testing, contact tracing and phone calls. Although disease investigation is a core service of health departments, the pandemic has demanded a continual, robust… Read More

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Kids As Young As 5-Years-Old Will Be Eligible For Ohio’s Vaccine Lottery

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is launching another COVID-19 vaccine incentive program to give out scholarships to winners of a sweepstakes if they get the shot. But there’s a catch in this new lottery plan. That means the “Vax-2-School” lottery will be postponed, in hopes that approval happens by the end of the… Read More

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The 66th COVID-Related Death Has Been Reported In Athens County, Along With 85 New Cases For Oct. 1

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 66 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Friday. The county also has now had 7,308 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 85 new cases were reported for the same day…. Read More

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32 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Sept. 30

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,223 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 32 new cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Sept. 30, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 11 people 20-29, seven people 0-19, four people 30-39,… Read More

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Ohioans Who Lose Jobless Benefits To Scammers Can Apply To Get Money Restored

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohioans who lost money when their unemployment accounts were taken over by scammers can start applying to get that money back on Friday. That’s also when the state will start processing requests from people who got a share of $3 billion in non-fraudulent overpayments who have asked to be… Read More