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One COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 155 new COVID-19 cases for June 17-23

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 144 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Thursday. The county also has now had had 15,716 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 155 additional cases were reported since last… Read More

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Ohio cities face ‘snowballing effect’ with growing trend to work from home

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group representing cities across Ohio is calling on state legislators to take a close look at the struggles municipalities face now that more people work from home. A report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that, at the end of 2021, 11.1% of employees continued to… Read More

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304 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for June 10-16

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 15,561 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 304 additional cases were reported since last week’s update. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on June 16, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 94 people 20-29, 70 people 0-19,… Read More

A child receives the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Fairfax County Government Center in Annandale, Va.

Advisers to the FDA back COVID vaccines for the youngest children

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A committee of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend that the agency authorize COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech for children as young as 6 months. The committee’s recommendations, in a pair of 21-0 votes, pave the way for the FDA to make COVID-19 vaccines available… Read More

Travelers pass a sign for COVID-19 testing at Logan Airport in Boston.

Starting on Sunday, you won’t have to test for COVID-19 to fly into the U.S.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Biden administration is planning to drop the requirement for air travelers coming to the United States to test negative for COVID-19 before departure, starting on Sunday, according to a senior administration official. The official said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had determined the requirement was no longer needed…. Read More

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Vaccine mandate opponents are taking another shot at ending certain requirements

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Opponents of vaccine mandates are taking on a new fight in the Ohio Statehouse after other pieces of priority legislation failed to pass out of the legislature. A new bill, HB679, would do away with incentives or penalties for businesses that are based on requiring their employees to get… Read More

Jonathan Pruiett sits at his home desk behind his computer. He just has his bare feet out in the pic. Like, dawg, put those grippers away.

The idea of working in the office, all day, every day? No thanks, say workers

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BOTHELL, Wash. (NPR) — To Jonathan Pruiett, it just didn’t make sense. A geospatial analyst who updates Google maps for a living, Pruiett had been called back to his company’s offices in Bothell, Washington, five days a week, starting June 6. Like many on his team, Pruiett had only worked remotely, having started the job… Read More

The White House's COVID-19 response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, speaks on June 2 about COVID-19 vaccinations for children at the White House

White House says COVID vaccination for kids younger than 5 could start in a few weeks


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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The White House laid out the federal government’s plans to make the first COVID-19 vaccines available for very young children. COVID-19 vaccinations for kids younger than 5 could start right after the Juneteenth holiday. In a White House briefing on Thursday, Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said… Read More

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

100 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for May 27-June 2

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 15,117 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 100 additional cases were reported since last week’s update. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on June 2. According to ODH data, the cases involved 22 people 40-49, 18 people 20-29, 17… Read More

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94 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for May 19-26

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 15,017 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 94 additional cases were reported since last week’s update. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on May 26. According to ODH data, the cases involved 15 people 0-19, 11 people 20-29, 13… Read More

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83 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for May 6-12

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 14,852 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 83 additional cases were reported since last week’s update. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on May 12. According to ODH data, the cases involved 18 people 20-29, 16 people 0-19, 13 people… Read More

A white middle to late aged man leans against a SUV outside of his home

The number of Americans who say they won’t get a COVID shot hasn’t budged in a year

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — West Hansen pilots his muddy Subaru through the industrial landscape of Southeast Texas where he grew up — past Bible churches, donut shops and the silver industrial towers of the refineries. The longtime social worker says he’s given up trying to explain to his clients how safe the COVID-19 vaccines are…. Read More

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Inequality persists as the U.S. economy recovers from the pandemic

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The latest jobs report for April shows the U.S. capping a year of solid growth. Employers added 428,000 jobs and the unemployment rate remains steady at 3.6 percent, a pandemic-era low. But inequality continues as the economy recovers from the pandemic. Maurice Jones, former Virginia commerce secretary and HUD official, and… Read More

People get tested inside their vehicles at a Covid-19 testing station

A WHO report finds nearly 15 million deaths associated with COVID-19 worldwide

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Nearly 15 million people around the world have died from COVID’s impact, directly or indirectly, during the first two years of the pandemic, according to a new World Health Organization report. It’s also about three times higher than governments have reported so far. University of Washington’s Jonathan Wakefield, whose modeling work… Read More

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

81 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for April 29-May5

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 14,769 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 81 additional cases were reported since last week’s update. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on May 5. According to ODH data, the cases involved 34 people 20-29, nine people 0-19, nine people… Read More

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What COVID might look like in the U.S. once we reach the endemic phase

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — If it feels like everyone you know has COVID-19 right now, you’re not alone. In many parts of the U.S., case numbers are going up, and much of that increase is being driven by subvariants of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. And this new wave of cases might be a… Read More

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71 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for April 22-28

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 14,688 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 71 additional cases were reported since last week’s update. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on April 28. According to ODH data, the cases involved 31 people 20-29, 19 people 0-19, eight people… Read More

Finn Washburn, 9, receives an injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in San Jose, Calif.

Pfizer asks FDA to authorize booster shots for kids ages 5 through 11

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Children ages 5 through 11 who’ve received two shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may soon be eligible for a booster. That’s if the Food and Drug Administration agrees to a request made Tuesday by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech to authorize their booster shot for kids in this age range…. Read More

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One COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 80 new cases for April 15-21

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 142 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Thursday. The county also has now had 14,617 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 80 new cases were added since last week’s update…. Read More