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

26 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Nov. 18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,129 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 26 new cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Nov. 18, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved seven people 30-39, five people 0-19, four people 20-29,… Read More

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Expect to pay more this year to stage your Thanksgiving feast

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Get ready to add another stressor to your Thanksgiving holiday this year. The Farm Bureau reports that the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is up 14% over last year, averaging at $53.31. The Farm Bureau’s calculations include turkey, stuffing mix, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a… Read More

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13 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Nov. 17

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,103 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 13 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Nov. 17, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved six people 20-29, three people 30-39, two people 0-19… Read More

Shipping containers sit stacked at a port in Bayonne, N.J.

The pandemic economy’s latest victim? The lowly shipping container

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Ah, the unassuming shipping container. It’s really nothing more than a big steel box with a couple of doors. At any given time, millions of containers are piled on ships plying the world’s waterways. Battered by weather and waves, they are packed with just about anything you can imagine — exotic… Read More

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The 93rd death has been reported in Athens County, along with 43 new cases for Nov. 12-15

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 93 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 8,083 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 43 new cases were reported for Friday, Saturday, Sunday… Read More

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

14 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Nov. 11

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,040 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 14 new cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Nov. 11, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved five people 20-29, two people 0-19, two people 30-39,… Read More

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Ohio restaurant owners say they need government help with operating expenses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Just over half of Ohio’s restaurants are telling their main lobbying group they don’t think they’ll be able to break even this year. They said business has not fully rebounded to the levels they experienced prior to the pandemic and they are unsure when that might happen. The federal… Read More

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Four new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Nov. 10

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,026 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Nov. 10, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved two people 20-29, one person 50-59, and one person… Read More

Elsa Estrada, 6, smiles at her mother as pharmacist Sylvia Uong applies an alcohol swab to her arm before administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a pediatric vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 set up at Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, Calif. Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.

Nearly 1 million kids ages 5-11 will have their first COVID shots by the end of today

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Beloved stuffed animals in hand, they lined up at schools, pop-up clinics and children’s hospitals to do something that little kids generally hate to do: get a shot. COVID vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds began in earnest late last week, ramping up over the weekend and early this week. By the… Read More

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63 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Nov. 6 – 8

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,018 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 63 new cases were reported Saturday through Monday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Nov. 8, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 33 people 0-19, 16 people 20-29, five people… Read More

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

Three COVID-related deaths have been reported in Athens County, along with 27 new cases for Nov. 5

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 92 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after three were added to the total Friday. The county also has now had 7,955 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 27 new cases were reported the same day. The… Read More

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Nearly half of Ohio’s nursing home workers remain unvaccinated for COVID

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Health Care Association reports just over 55% of workers in the nursing homes it represents are vaccinated against COVID-19, despite efforts to educate and encourage workers to get the shots. Now, the Biden administration is going to require all nursing home workers that receive federal funds to… Read More

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9 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Nov. 4

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,928 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after nine new cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the cases on Nov. 4, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved two people 20-29, two people 40-49,  two people 50-59, one… Read More

A man approaches a van from a COVID-19 vaccine mobile clinic hosted by McDonald's and the California Department of the Public Health in September in Los Angeles.

Biden’s vaccine rules for 100 million workers are here. These are the details

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — In early September, President Biden announced he was taking steps to get more Americans vaccinated and turn the tide on COVID-19. On Thursday, the administration rolled out two of those steps — two different vaccine rules covering more than 100 million workers. Here are the details: Deadline is Jan. 4: The… 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.

COVID vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 are available in Ohio now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The federal government gave the green light to vaccinate kids 5 to 11-year-old with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines last night. And less than 24 hours later, Ohio kids can get those vaccines. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said the doses specially formulated for kids are being distributed… Read More

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15 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Nov. 3

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,919 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 15 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the cases on Nov. 3, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved four people 0-19, three people 20-29, two people 40-49, two… Read More

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The 89th COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 13 new cases for Nov. 2

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 89 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 7,904 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 13 new cases were reported for the same day…. Read More

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

26 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Oct. 30- Nov. 1

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,891 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 26 new cases were reported Saturday through Monday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Nov. 1, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved nine people 20-29, five people 30-39, three people… Read More

Ari Blank got a comforting hand squeeze from his mom in May as he was vaccinated against COVID-19 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

FDA authorizes use of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Food and Drug Administration has authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. This lower-dose formulation of the companies’ adult vaccine was found to be safe and 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19. The agency acted Friday after a panel of independent scientists advising the FDA strongly supported… Read More

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Five COVID-related deaths have been reported in Athens County, along with 10 new cases for Oct. 29

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EDITOR’S NOTE (11/1 3:17): A previous version of this story had four COVID related deaths reported on Friday. That version of the story missed a death in 40-49 range. It has been updated to reflect five total COVID-related deaths reported for Friday. ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 88 total deaths related to… Read More

Auditor Keith Faber (R) and Ohio News Media Assn President Dennis Hetzel

Audit finds more details in unemployment overpayment and fraud

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A state audit says changes to the federal requirements for unemployment compensation and a lack of controls led to the state doling out $3.8 billion in overpayments and fraud for jobless claims. State Auditor Keith Faber (R-Ohio) says there were nearly 86,000 potential instances where the payments went to someone… Read More

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

19 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Oct. 28

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,855 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 19 new cases were reported Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the cases on Oct. 29, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved six people 20-29, five people 0-19, three people 30-39, two… Read More

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29 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Oct. 27

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,836 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 29 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the cases on Oct. 27, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 14 people 0-19, five people 20-29, five people 30-39, three… Read More