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How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting Hospitals in Athens and Hocking Counties

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The state of Ohio has asked all hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, which could put strain on rural hospitals’ finances. The chief nursing officer at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital said she feels confident in the hospital’s ability to serve the Athens community if there is a surge in COVID-19 cases. Rhonda Dixon… Read More

West End Ciderworks and Distillery in Athens, Ohio.

West End Distillery Produces Hand Sanitizer to Combat Shortage

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Along with gin, bourbon, vodka, and ciders, staff at West End Ciderhouse and Distillery are now making hand sanitizer for the Athens County community. Deanna Schwartz, co-founder of West End Ciderhouse and West End Distillery, said the distillery began this process about a week and a half ago to combat a… Read More

In this March 7, 2020, photo, a swing sits empty on a playground outside Achievement First charter school in Providence, R.I.

Athens Parks and Rec Department Closes Playgrounds, Park Shelters, and Public Restrooms

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens says playgrounds, public restrooms, park shelters and picnic tables at city parks are closed until further notice. The Arts, Parks, and Recreation Department made this decision after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference on Sunday. DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton issued a “stay… 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

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Athens Humane Society and Friends of the Shelter Dogs Offer Pet Food Assistance

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Two Athens County animal welfare agencies are teaming up to assist residents who may be unable to afford food for their pets during the coronavirus pandemic. The Athens County Humane Society and Friends of the Shelter Dogs have set up an email address to help those in need. “In the tough… Read More

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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

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

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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

Food at a local food pantry.

Resources for Athens County Residents who Need Food or Want to Help Neighbors

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —The spread of the novel coronavirus spurred Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to order colleges, universities, and K-12 schools to close. An estimated 29 percent of Athens County children live below the poverty level. Several local organizations, churches, and businesses are stepping up to help feed children and families. There are also ways… Read More