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Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily press conference on coronavirus on March 22, 2020.

DeWine Orders Cuts in State Spending in Advance of Hit from Coronavirus

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The number of deaths from COVID-19 doubled from yesterday – going from three deaths announced Sunday to six today. And Gov. Mike DeWine has issued several orders to state government as it fights coronavirus, saying that he expects state revenues to go to go down dramatically. DeWine said he’s ordering an immediate hiring freeze in… Read More

A customer removes her purchases at a Kroger grocery store in Flowood, Miss., Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Kroger Adds Special Shopping Hours for High-Risk Customers in W. Va. and Parts of Ohio

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ROANOKE, Va. (WOUB) — Kroger stores in most of West Virginia and parts of eastern Ohio will have designated shopping hours for seniors and other customers at high risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Region said these hours will be from 7:00-8:00 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, beginning March 24. This is… Read More

Old Man's Cave, located in Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Co. Health Commissioner Orders all Cabins, Lodges Closed

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HOCKING COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) — Cabin and lodge rentals in the the county that hosts Hocking Hills State Park will be closed as a precaution to the coronavirus pandemic. Hocking County Health Commissioner Dr. Douglas S. Fisher ordered all cabin and lodge rentals closed as of Monday night for public health reasons. This applies to… Read More

Most Ohio Kroger Stores to Begin Special Shopping Hours for Seniors and Other High-Risk Customers

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Kroger stores in most of Ohio will dedicate time for seniors and other customers at high risk for contracting the novel coronavirus to shop. This does not apply to Ohio’s Kroger locations in Marietta, Proctorville, and Belpre; see more information about this below. According to a press release, most Ohio Kroger… Read More

The Athens Outdoor Farmer's Market

Athens Farmers Market Open Saturday With Some Coronavirus Restrictions

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens Farmers Market announced Thursday that they will open Saturday, March 21. But they are urging both vendors and customers to follow certain guidelines to prevent the possibility of coronavirus spread. According to their Facebook page, the Athens City/County Health Department recommended the market on Satuday be moved outside with… Read More

Unemployment

Unemployment Claims Top 100K, New Voter Sign-up Demanded

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it has received 111,055 unemployment insurance benefit applications online in the past four days, due to layoffs related to coronavirus orders. That compares to 3,895 during the same four days last week. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hotline for unemployment benefits has been overwhelmed the… Read More

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Dems File Legal Challenge to Ohio Primary Delay

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The decision to postpone Ohio’s primary has stirred up legal challenges including a state supreme court lawsuit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party. But leaders there say this is actually a preemptive strike to protect the extended primary. Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose postponed the primary to prevent exposure to the coronavirus for voters… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Tells Companies to Monitor Employee Temperatures

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Gov. Mike DeWine is laying out protocols for businesses while strongly recommending employers to take aggressive action when it comes to protecting the workplace against coronavirus. DeWine says businesses that remain open must take the temperature of every employee who enters the office, and if anyone is sick or has a fever they must be allowed to go… Read More

Dr. Amy Acton stands at the podium flanked by Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

State Running Low On Coronavirus Tests, Preserving For High-Risk Cases

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Hospitals and labs around the state are running low on coronavirus test kits. State public health officials say that’s why they’re trying to preserve the swabs for people at high-risk to the virus and health care workers. Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director, says she understands the limit of testing can be alarming… Read More

A close-up of a gas meter.

Some Utility Providers Suspend Service Shutoff for Non-Payment During Coronavirus Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Several utility providers have temporarily stopped shutting off service for customers who are behind on their payments. On March 12, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) recommended that all public utility providers under its jurisdiction “to review their service disconnection policies, practices, and tariff provisions and to promptly seek any… Read More

Fall 2019 Commencement at Ohio University

Ohio University Postpones Spring Commencement and All Regional Campus Graduation Activities

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has decided to postpone Spring 2020 Commencement and all graduation activities on all regional campuses. According to an email OU President Duane Nellis sent Wednesday morning, the university is making the decision “in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” The recommendations updated Monday… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

How to Support Ohio University Students Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is collecting funds to give financial support to students who may be affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak. All students are encouraged not to return to the main campus. Classes at all OU locations will take place online for the remainder of the semester. OU’s Division of Student Affairs… Read More

A file photo of a Dollar General store.

Dollar General Dedicates First Hour of Day to Senior Shoppers, Adjusts Closing Hours

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Dollar General’s national office announced it plans to dedicate the first hour of each day to senior customers, and will adjust store hours, beginning Tuesday. Senior citizens are one of the groups most at risk for contracting COVID-19. “Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase… Read More

Athens County Courthouse

Athens County Government Closed to Public Traffic; Some Employees Working From Home

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(UPDATE 3/17 at 4 p.m.) As a result of the Athens City/County Health Department Directive, the Athens County Administrative Offices will be closed to walk in public traffic until further notice effective 3/18/20. This includes the Auditor, Board of Commissioners, Board of Elections, Recorder, and the Treasurer, according to a release from the county. These… Read More