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Four COVID-related deaths have been reported in Athens County, along with 113 new cases for Jan. 28

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 111 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four were added to the total Friday. The county also has now had 13,257 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 113 new cases were added the same day. The… Read More

Masked students sit in a classroom at Worthington Kilbourne High School near Columbus in March 2021

Ohio changes COVID policy for reporting cases in schools and might make other changes soon

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Health has changed the way K-12 schools should notify parents about COVID cases in their buildings. ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said it is not worthwhile for schools to alert parents of individual cases of COVID in classrooms or buildings anymore. “The quick spread of… Read More

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

93 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 27

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 13,144 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 93 additional cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 27, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 39 people 0-19, 27 people 20-29, nine people 30-39, five… Read More

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Believe it or not, the economy grew last year at the fastest pace since 1984

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Last year saw the fastest economic growth since Ronald Reagan was president. But for many people, 2021 felt less like “Morning in America” and more like a restless night, dogged by fitful dreams about the ongoing pandemic. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the nation’s gross domestic product grew 5.7% last… Read More

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156 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 26

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 13,051 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 156 additional cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 26, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 52 people 0-19, 43 people 20-29, 17 people 30-39, 17… Read More

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Free N95 masks are arriving at pharmacies and grocery stores. Here’s how to get yours

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Updated January 26, 2022 at 10:24 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Nearly a week after the Biden administration announced it will deploy 400 million free N95 masks to the public, the high-quality face coverings are starting to arrive at pharmacies and grocery stores. “Every person is allowed up to 3 free masks pending availability,”… Read More

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Ohio’s daily COVID case numbers are wrong again

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state’s COVID dashboard shows fewer than 5,000 positive COVID cases in Ohio today. The Ohio Dept. of Health says those numbers are an undercount. But those numbers have been incorrect before. The counts were also off after the holidays, in the days following Christmas and New Year’s celebrations,… Read More

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A processing error leads to an artificially low count of 18 new COVID-19 cases reported in Athens County for Jan. 25

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 12,895 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 18 additional cases were reported Tuesday. The Ohio Department of Health said the number is artificially low due to a processing error that shut down the reporting of tests at 5 p.m. Monday. Officials said… Read More

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426 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 22 – 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 12,877 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 426 additional cases were reported for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 24, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 182 people 0-19, 125 people 20-29, 33… Read More

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Why rapid COVID tests aren’t more accurate and how scientists hope to improve them

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — How much should you trust the results of a rapid antigen test? That’s a question many people are asking these days amid recent research and anecdotes suggesting these tests may be less sensitive to omicron. Researchers are working fast to figure out what’s going on and how to improve… Read More

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There’s now a phone line to order your free at-home COVID tests

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Biden administration on Friday opened a phone line for people to order free at-home COVID-19 tests. The phone number — 1-800-232-0233 — follows the launch earlier this week of a website to order the tests, and is available for those who may have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional… Read More

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

One COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 179 new cases for Jan. 21

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 107 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 12,451 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 179 new cases were added the same day. The… Read More

A resident receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a health center in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 13. This week, Indonesia started a program to give booster shots to the elderly and people at risk of severe disease.

Booster longevity: Data reveals how long a third shot protects

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — We’ve known for about a month now that a third shot of the vaccine is critical for protecting against infection with the omicron variant — and for keeping people out of the hospital. Now researchers in the U.K. have the first estimates for how long a third shot of the Pfizer… Read More

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The COVID wave in Ohio is shifting southward

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Health reports there’s some indication the COVID virus, which has overwhelmed Cleveland hospitals in recent weeks, is moving south in Ohio. State Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said hospitalizations have fallen as much as 24% in Cleveland this week. But he said other parts of… Read More

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146 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 20

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 12,272 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 146 additional cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 20, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 46 people 0-19, 46 people 20-29, 17 people 50-59, 14 people… Read More

A classroom is seen at the new East Elementary school, in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Lawmakers are looking to help Ohio kids who lost academic ground during the pandemic

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s education leaders say they know some kids lost ground when most of the state’s schools went to remote learning in the early days of the pandemic. And since then, a lot of effort has gone into making sure schools can keep kids in the classroom. Some schools have installed… Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University sees a record surge in COVID-19 cases as spring semester gets underway

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WOUB Digital · Ohio University sees a record surge in COVID-19 cases as spring semester gets underway   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As students returned to Ohio University for the start of spring semester, so did COVID-19 infections — and then some. “We have a huge caseload right now, like nothing we’ve ever seen before,”… Read More

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135 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 12,126 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 135 additional cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 19, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 40 people 20-29, 37 people 0-19, 19 people 40-49, 17 people… Read More

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Ready for an N95? Here’s how to find a high-quality one that fits you well

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — After months of public health experts urging Americans to start wearing higher-quality masks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its mask guidance for consumers. While the agency didn’t recommend one type of mask over another, its new guidance emphasizes that N95s and similar high-filtration respirators offer the… Read More

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

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 11,991 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 42 additional cases were reported Tuesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 18, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 16 people 20-29, 10 people 0-19, five people 40-49, four people… Read More

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Fauci says COVID-19 won’t go away like smallpox, but will more likely become endemic

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top White House medical adviser, says that the COVID-19 pandemic won’t end with the elimination of the virus. Instead, he says that a less dangerous and disruptive strain of the virus will likely take hold and become endemic. Speaking Monday at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda,… Read More

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

132 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 17

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 11,949 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 132 additional cases were reported Monday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 17, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 48 people 20-29, 37 people 0-19, 16 people 30-39, 12 people… Read More

Juby George stands with his wife Shireen Bethala-George at the soft opening of Smell the Curry, a south Indian takeout and catering business at the Flourtown Farmers Market outside Philadelphia

New businesses soared to record highs in 2021. Here’s a taste of one of them

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — America’s entrepreneurial spirit remains strong during the pandemic. That’s the takeaway from new numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, which found that a whopping 5.4 million new business applications were filed in 2021, surpassing the record set in 2020 of 4.4 million. While it’s hard to say how… Read More

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328 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 16

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 11,817 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 328 additional cases were reported Sunday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 16, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 135 people 20-29, 133 people 0-19, 27 people 30-39, 14 people… Read More

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560 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 15

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 11,489 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 560 additional cases were reported Saturday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 15, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 291 people 20-29, 126 people 0-19, 57 people 30-39, 33 people… Read More