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Ohio Valley Coal Companies Scored Tens Of MIllions In Paycheck Protection Loans

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WHITESBURG, Ky. (OVR) — More than 50 Ohio Valley coal companies received loans totaling as much as $119 million through the Paycheck Protection Program meant to keep people employed during the pandemic’s economic downturn. Congress passed the PPP in March to help businesses keep employees on the payroll and out of unemployment lines. The data released… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine wearing face masks on June 23, 2020.

Gov. DeWine Mandates Face Masks In Seven Counties

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine announced the Ohio Department of Health will issue a public health order requiring face masks in public in seven counties where the spread of COVID-19 is considered most severe. Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery and Trumbull are all considered “red alerts” under the state’s Public Health Advisory System, and… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 63 COVID-19 Cases Since Start Of Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 63 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four additional cases were confirmed Tuesday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 7. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. But an… Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

What Voting Might Look Like In Ohio This November

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio has more of an idea about what this November’s election will look like now that the state’s election chief has handed down a directive outlining details to Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s directive tells local boards to print additional ballots, get plenty of… Read More

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Some Unemployment Will Be Extended In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An extra 20 weeks of unemployment compensation will be made available to eligible Ohioans once they have exhausted their other benefits. Bret Crow with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the state’s unemployment is high enough that some Ohioans will be able to get an extension. “This… Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

Gov. Justice Mandates Masks In Buildings Outside Of Homes, But Says It Won’t Be Enforced

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVPB) — Citing a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered masks to be worn in buildings outside of a resident’s home. In a virtual news conference Monday, Justice said he is issuing an order that will require anyone over 9 years old to wear a face… Read More

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Residential Real Estate Market In Ohio Robust Despite Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID19 pandemic has hurt a lot of businesses but not the residential real estate market in Ohio. And there are a couple of factors that are at play here. Ohio Board of Realtors President Chris Reese says she’s never seen a real estate market like this one. “Low, low… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 59 COVID-19 Cases Since Start Of Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 59 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after three additional cases were confirmed Monday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 6. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. The health… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Governor’s Company Receives Loan From Virus Aid Program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A company partly owned by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is among those that received loans from a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program. The data released Monday shows DeWine Seeds-Silver Dollar Baseball received a loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for a range of $150,000 to $350,000. The company… Read More

Health officials urge the use of face masks in public to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Masking Questions: How Pandemic Health Measures Became Politicized

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MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — Health officials and researchers say the science is clear: face masks can help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Yet in the Ohio Valley, not all elected officials are in agreement on whether to mandate measures such as the use of face masks in public places. In April, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 43 COVID-19 Cases Since Start Of Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 43 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after three additional cases were confirmed Friday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 3. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. The health… Read More

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Planned Parenthood To Use Telehealth To Provide Some Of Its Services

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many of Ohio’s doctors are already using telehealth to connect to their patients, especially during this pandemic. Now, Planned Parenthood says it is going to do the same thing for some of its services. Laurel Powell with Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio says the group will be using telehealth… Read More

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Overdose Incidents Rose Sharply Around Ohio Valley During Pandemic

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (OVR) — Emergency response data from across the Ohio Valley show sharp increases in suspected drug overdoses since March, when health measures including school and business closures and stay-at-home orders increased social isolation. For public health officials, it’s a grim reminder that another epidemic is ongoing and possibly worsening during the isolation associated with… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Introduces Public Health Advisory Alert System To Better Track COVID-19 Outbreaks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYSO) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s not ruling out a statewide mandatory facemask order to slow the spread of COVID-19. In his Thursday briefing with reporters, DeWine called the state’s coronavirus outbreak “a crisis,” citing exponential community spread in many counties. “This should be a wakeup call to all of us… Read More

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Where To View Fireworks On Independence Day Weekend In Southeast Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Many fireworks celebrations and festivals have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but a number of communities still have fireworks shows on the schedule for this weekend or next weekend. Here is a list of fireworks shows we found across southern and eastern Ohio: Athens County ATHENS The City of… Read More

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Central Ohio Pediatrician Seeing New Trends In Coronavirus Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — During the past couple of weeks, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus has increased. And some doctors say they are seeing some other trends. Pediatrician Rachael Morocco says she’s seeing more  children coming into her practice with COVID like symptoms. “We’ve also seen an uptick in asymptomatic… Read More

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

WATCH: In States Where Coronavirus Is Surging, Reopening Plans Put On Hold

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The U.S. is now averaging roughly 40,000 new confirmed infections of COVID-19 each day. The caseload has more than doubled this month in at least 10 states, mostly in the South and the West. As some states put their reopening plans on hold, the nation’s top health experts are sounding new warnings… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms Four New COVID-19 Cases

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 37 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four additional cases were confirmed Wednesday. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the case in a press release sent July 1. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. Data from the… Read More