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

DeWine Extends Order to Close Ohio Schools Through May 1

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Gov. Mike DeWine has extended his order to close all Ohio K-12 schools from April 3 through May 1. And he’s hinting that another extension is possible. DeWine said he extended the order to give families a heads-up. “We want to take this kind of one chunk at a time, because we don’t know exactly where we’re… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

Ohio University Students Get Options for Grading Amid Coronavirus Disruption

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is introducing an alternative grading option for students dealing with the coronavirus-based interruption of their school year. Robin Muhammad, president of Ohio University’s Faculty Senate, sent an email outlining key changes on Monday, writing, “We want to do all we can to equitably respond to the diverse impacts the… Read More

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Athens County Confirms First Death Related to COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The first death related to COVID-19 in Athens County has been confirmed. The Athens City-County Health Department reported the death Monday, March 30. “The health department extends sincere sympathy to the family during this difficult time,” the health department wrote in a release. “In respect for the family, the person’s identity… Read More

Battelle employees process N-95 masks in the Critical Care Decontamination System.

FDA Grants Battelle Request to Sterilize 80,000 N-95 Masks Per Machine Per Day

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The Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead to Columbus-based Battelle for its full request to sterilize 80,000 N-95 surgical masks per machine per day, after issuing a letter earlier in the day permitting far less. And it comes after pressure from Ohio officials. Ohio reported a total of 29 deaths from COVID-19 Sunday, up from… Read More

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Athens Co. Up to Three Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now confirmed three cases of COVID-19. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the third case had been confirmed in an email on Sunday, March 29. No other details about the case were provided. The department said after the first confirmation on Thursday, March 26 that an investigation into the… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms Second Positive Case of COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Another positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Athens County. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the second case on Saturday, March 28. The first case was confirmed in an announcement on Thursday, March 26. The department said after the first confirmation that an investigation into the patient’s close contacts was underway…. Read More

People gather outside Holy Family Church in Columbus, which does outreach to the homeless in Franklin County.

Ohioans Experiencing Homelessness Face Special Challenges During Coronavirus Pandemic

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The more than 10,000 people in Ohio identified as homeless are already at a higher risk for catching communicable diseases but the coronavirus pandemic is making matters worse. Advocates for the homeless say it’s hard to maintain the 6-foot distance between residents in shelters, and keeping clean can be an issue. Jessica Jenkins, who works with… Read More

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Medical Supply Donation Program Established in Ross and Pike Counties

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (WOUB) — Businesses and community members in Ross and Pike counties now have several ways to help local health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. People can donate money, medical supplies or make homemade masks to support medical staff at Adena Health System. The Adena Health Foundation established a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund… Read More

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UMWA Wants More Coronavirus Protections for Coal Miners

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The United Mine Workers of America is asking federal regulators to set uniform, enforceable guidelines to help protect coal miners from contracting COVID-19. In a letter dated Tuesday, March 24, UMWA President Cecil Roberts wrote to the Mine Safety and Health Administration requesting the agency issue a “safeguard” or “emergency standard” that would require coal mine operators… Read More

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Ohio Now Releasing Daily Numbers on Coronavirus Testing in Prisons

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Seventeen people have been tested for coronavirus in five Ohio prisons – 13 results were negative and the rest are pending, and those inmates are in isolation. Those numbers come from a new daily update that the state is now providing on testing in prisons and youth facilities. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio… Read More

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Wood County, W.Va. Confirms Second Positive Case of COVID-19

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WOUB) — The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department (MOVHD) confirmed a second positive case of COVID-19 in Wood County, West Virginia on Thursday, March 26. Both are being treated at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, according to a release from the department. The MOVHD is conducting an investigation. If you are identified as… Read More

A triage tent set outside one of Brumage’s community health centers in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Ohio Valley Facing Pandemic With a Health System Hollowed Out by Hospital Closures


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As new cases of coronavirus mount in the Ohio Valley, health officials are bracing for an onslaught of patients and what could be unprecedented demand for beds, medical staff and specialized equipment. Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have disproportionately high rates of people vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. But the region’s capacity to treat… Read More

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WOUB Changes Television Line Up as Part of OHIO PBS Stations #LearnAtHome Initiative


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Program to help teachers and parents with remote education ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media is part of a statewide PBS #LearnAtHome Initiative to help teachers, parents and students in southeast Ohio navigate this unprecedented time of remote educational instruction. “PBS has always been a quality resource that parents and educators rely on to assist… Read More

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Muskingum County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — A resident of Muskingum County has been reported to be the first in the county to test positive for COVID-19. The Muskingum County Joint Unified Command Center announced the positive test belonged to a 48-year-old man resident of the county who had recently traveled out of state. He is now hospitalized. No… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms First Positive Case of COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The first positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Athens County. The Athens City-County Health Department said the person is currently in isolation at home in an announcement Thursday, March 26. The department is conducting case investigations with the patient’s close contacts. Health officials urged the importance of slowing the… Read More