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Nursing Homes Can Allow Indoor Visitation On October 12

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio will begin allowing indoor visitation at nursing homes, long-term care centers and intermediate care facilities, months after closing their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Intermediate care facilities, which house people with developmental disabilities, can resume indoor visits this coming Monday, September 28. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities can follow… Read More

A banner over Court St. in Athens urges people to wear masks.

Athens Co. Remains At Level 2 Public Health Emergency, Confirms 17 COVID-19 Cases For September 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County stayed at a Level 2 Public Health Emergency as 17 COVID-19 cases confirmed Thursday brought its total to 653 since the beginning of the pandemic. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 24. Gov. Mike DeWine released this week’s Ohio Public Health Advisory… Read More

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Gas Station And Convenience Store Buffet Foods Are Back

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you’ve been missing picking that perfect donut out of the glass case to go with your morning coffee, your wait should soon be over. The state has given the green light to retailers to once again sell buffet style and to-go self-serve items that went away months ago to… Read More

Absentee voters can drop off their election ballots in this box on Court Street in uptown Athens.

Ohio Already Approaching Record Level Of Absentee Ballot Requests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than twice as many absentee applications have been received from Ohio voters than at this point four years ago, when a record number of early votes were cast in a presidential election in Ohio. Secretary of State Frank LaRose reports just under 1.8 million applications have been mailed… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 7 COVID-19 Cases For September 23

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 636 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after seven cases were confirmed Wednesday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 23. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates all of these new cases involved… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine gives a coronavirus update from his home on August 20, 2020.

Ohio Reports Lowest Number Of Daily Coronavirus Cases In Two Weeks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYSO) — The Ohio Department of Health reported 685 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest number of cases reported since Sept. 8. The state’s 21-day average continues to stay around 1,000 cases, with a slight downward trend. On Tuesday Ohio reported 145,850 total COVID-19 cases and 4,635 deaths. The… Read More

Athens County Officials Prepare For ‘Election Like No Other’

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In the runup to the November election in 2016, about 45 Athens County voters requested absentee ballots. So far this year, that number is more than 7,000. In case you’re wondering about the math, that’s more than a 15,000 percent increase in absentee ballot requests. This of course is due to… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 13 COVID-19 Cases For September 22

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 629 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 13 cases were confirmed Tuesday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 22. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 12 of these new cases involved… Read More

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Ohio, GOP Defend Limit On Ballot Drop Boxes To 1 Per County

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio and Republican groups including the Trump campaign are defending a GOP election chief’s directive limiting ballot drop boxes in the critical presidential battleground to one per county. They told an appellate court in filings Monday that a county judge overstepped his authority when he blocked it. The Ohio Republican Party… Read More

Ohio State Marching Band and Alumni Marching Band Members perform Script Ohio at an Ohio State football game

‘Grateful’ – Players Celebrate Big Ten’s Reversal On Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields says he felt distraught watching college football on TV last weekend. With the Big Ten’s decision to scrap fall sports in the name of player safety because of the coronavirus pandemic, Fields and his Buckeye teammates were sidelined. That changed this week when the Big Ten… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms Nine COVID-19 Cases For September 20

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 597 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after nine cases were confirmed Sunday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 20. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates five of these new cases involved… Read More

Kid grabs candy from Cathy Baker while saying "Trick-or-treat" in Athens, Ohio on Oct, 26, 2017.

Ohio Guidelines Discourage Traditional Trick-Or-Treating

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has released guidelines for Halloween that discourage traditional trick-or-treating. The guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Health on Friday also strongly recommend that haunted houses and hayrides be canceled. The guidelines recommend trick-or-treating alternatives such as drive-through events with children in cars collecting treats from individuals spaced at least… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms Seven COVID-19 Cases For September 19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 588 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after seven cases were confirmed Saturday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 19. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates six of these new cases involved… Read More

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Is The U.S. Government Paying Twice For Coronavirus Vaccine?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — COVID-19 vaccine development continues to be the subject of political jostling, with President Trump contradicting top U.S. health officials regarding timeline and efficacy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they expect to distribute vaccines publicly at no cost to the patient. But what will the government pay, and how much… Read More

Rep. Grendell addresses the House following her election to the 76th district seat

Republican Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Cancel COVID State of Emergency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Republican representative who’s been critical of Ohio’s response to coronavirus has proposed a bill to cancel the state of emergency order from March – the foundation of many of the state’s COVID restrictions. Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) said things could, in her words, “go back to normal” with no state of… Read More

A banner over Court St. in Athens urges people to wear masks.

Athens Co. Confirms 12 COVID-19 Cases For September 18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 581 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 12 cases were confirmed Friday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 18. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates eight of these new cases involved… Read More

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Ky. Health Officials Suggest Revisions To Food Producer Fee Proposal After Blowback

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (OVR) — Kentucky health officials are suggesting revisions to a proposed regulation that would have dramatically increased food safety inspection fees for some small food producers. Department officials said they received hundreds of public comments on the proposal with concerns about fee increases and they now plan to limit fees according to a producer’s… Read More

Few people wore masks at this Women for Trump event in Columbus recently

Gov. DeWine Explains Why Mask Mandate Isn’t Being Enforced At Political Rallies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Pictures of people at political rallies in Ohio recently have shown most of them unmasked, in large crowds. The state’s mask mandate has gone unenforced at those events. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said the state hasn’t enforced the mask mandate in churches because he respects the freedom of religion… Read More