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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

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University Prepares To Deal With Holdouts As Its Vaccination Deadline Nears

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As Ohio University draws closer to its COVID-19 vaccination deadline, the number of vaccinated students and employees has steadily increased. But just over six weeks out from Nov. 15, the date by which the university said everyone must be fully vaccinated, about 25 percent of students and employees on the Athens… Read More

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A Plan To Fast-Track Exemptions To COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Stalls

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The bill, HB435, allows students and employees to opt out of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, even if it’s required at school or work. The measure was voted out of committee Tuesday evening after one hearing and was set for a full House vote on Wednesday. But House Speaker Bob… Read More

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

30 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Sept. 29

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,191 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 30 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Sept. 29, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved nine people 0-19, six people 30-39, five people 20-29,… 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.

Vaccine Bill Would Allow COVID Shot Mandates In Ohio, But Would Guarantee Lots Of Exemptions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) —A bill allowing businesses and schools to require COVID vaccines that’s set for a full vote in the Ohio House also guarantee broad exemptions for employees and students. The measure attempts to address elements of COVID-related bans that have been proposed in other bills. But it has opposition from a major… Read More

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32 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Sept. 28

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,161 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 32 new cases were reported Tuesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Sept. 28, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 11 people 0-19, five people 20-29, five people 50-59,… Read More

Students at a training program, Cooperative Home Care Associates in New York, practice basic skills like a bed-bath on each other. Home health aides, provide basic, day-to-day support for elderly and disabled people, allowing them to age at home.

There’s A Shortage Of Home Health Aides For The Elderly, And It’s Getting Worse

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Many Americans hope to spend their old age at home, rather than moving into a care facility. When the time comes, they rely on the more than 2 million home health aides who provide day-to-day support. But there are about 54 million Americans age 65 and older, according to the U.S…. Read More

A healthcare worker administers a dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at a pediatrician's office in Bingham Farms, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Pfizer Submits Favorable Initial Data To The FDA On Kids’ COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are another step closer to seeking authorization for young children to receive the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine, submitting data to the Food and Drug Administration that shows a “robust” antibody response and “favorable” safety outcomes in kids ages 5 to 11 who received the two-dose regimen in clinical trials…. Read More

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42 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Sept. 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,059 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 42 new cases were reported Friday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Sept. 24, 2021. According to ODH data, 11 people 0-19, nine people 20-29, eight people 50-59, five people 60-69,… Read More

FILE — In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y. The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts.

Booster Shots Are Coming. Here’s How To Figure Out If You Need One

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — For the past several weeks, Dr. Boghuma Titanji has been swamped with questions about COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Even the experts seem confused, she says. “I’m even getting questions from my colleagues, who are doctors, asking me, ‘What should I do?’ ” says the infectious disease specialist at Emory University. The messaging… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference

New Vaccination Scholarships Incentives Announced By Ohio Gov. DeWine

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Updated: 3:46 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new round of vaccination incentive programs Thursday, although it is not clear if other incentives offered earlier this year increased vaccination rates. Younger Ohioans could receive up to $100,000 as part of a new scholarship vaccination incentive from the Ohio… Read More

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

46 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Sept. 23

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,017 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 46 new cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Sept. 23, 2021. According to ODH data, 17 people 0-19, 12 people 20-29, six people 30-39, four people 50-59,… Read More

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38 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Sept. 22

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 6,971 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 38 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Sept. 22, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 10 people 0-19, nine people 20-29, six people 30-39,… Read More

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Gov. DeWine Says Ohio Hospitals Are Filling Up With 30-To-50 Year Old Unvaccinated Patients

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — The number of Ohioans hospitalized with COVID-19 is climbing to levels the state hasn’t seen since the deadly surge over the 2020-2021 winter, and doctors are particularly concerned about a spike in patients under the age of 50. In the past 24 hours, the state reported 459 new COVID-19 hospitalizations –… Read More

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

Is The Worst Over? Modelers Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Americans may be able to breathe a tentative sigh of relief soon, according to researchers studying the trajectory of the pandemic. The delta surge appears to be peaking nationally, and cases and deaths will likely decline steadily now through the spring without a significant winter surge, according to a new analysis… Read More

One of three students receives a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Gov. Dewines visit Monday, April 12.

Data Show COVID-19 Has Become A “Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated” In Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — More than half of Ohio’s eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and yet infection numbers are right back where they were a year ago. What’s going on? For starters, the Delta variant driving the recent surge is much more contagious than the initial strain that launched the global pandemic. It’s… Read More

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The 65th COVID-Related Death Has Been Reported In Athens County, Along With 51 New Cases For Sept. 21

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 65 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Tuesday. The county also has now had 6,933 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 51 new cases were reported for the same day…. Read More

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What Causes Long COVID Is A Mystery. Here’s How Scientists Are Trying To Crack It

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Updated September 20, 2021 at 11:44 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A year and a half into the pandemic, doctors are getting better at recognizing long COVID — the collection of persistent health problems that some people develop after a coronavirus infection — but research has yet to pinpoint what could be driving the… Read More

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House Republicans Have Encouraged Yost To Challenge Biden’s Vaccine And Testing Rule

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers are sounding off on President Joe Biden’s proposed rule for businesses to require employees either get the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested for the virus weekly. Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) said nearly 60 Republican House members have signed the letter. Koehler said the Biden rule amounts to… Read More

a health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa

Pfizer Says COVID Vaccine For Kids Ages 5 To 11 Is Safe And Effective

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Updated September 20, 2021 at 10:31 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The first results from the highly anticipated trial studying the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 showed promising results. The pharmaceutical companies said early results of their trial indicate the vaccine is safe… Read More