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Athens Co. Confirms One New COVID-19 Case For August 12

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 361 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one additional case was confirmed Wednesday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the case in a press release sent August 12. An analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates the new case involved… Read More

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More Than Half Of The State’s Bars And Restaurants Could Be In Jeopardy Of Closing Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than half of the state’s restaurants and bars could be out of business soon, according to a survey by the Ohio Restaurant Association. Owners of those establishments say the restrictions put on them because of COVID-19 are hurting their businesses. And they fear it will get worse. The… Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Elections Chief Urges But Won’t Require Masks For Ohio Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Health safety guidelines that Ohio’s elections chief sent to county boards Wednesday recommend but do not mandate mask-wearing and other preventive measures for those voting in person this fall. Secretary of State Frank LaRose said those voters who choose not to wear a mask will be given options, including voting outside… Read More

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Ohio Tax Collections Up, But So Are Medicaid Caseloads

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After three months of declines, Ohio took in 8 percent more in taxes than the Office of Budget and Management estimated, though much of that is connected to the delay of the tax deadline to July 15. But there was a different kind of growth in the state’s July report that could… Read More

The entrance to Continuing Health Care in Gahanna, where two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 tests, but no residents have.

Ohio’s Nursing Homes Are Running Out Of Personal Protective Equipment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s nursing homes don’t have enough personal protective equipment to last another week. That’s the finding from a federal agency that deals with Medicare and Medicaid services. A spokesman for a union that represents health care workers in nursing homes says those facilities have been hit the hardest by… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine wearing face masks on June 23, 2020.

DeWine, Ohio’s Top Pediatricians Offer Back-To-School COVID-19 Advice

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and leaders from the state’s top children’s hospitals on Tuesday offered advice on how children can return to school in a safe manner and offered statistics on the impact of COVID-19 on kids. A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association reiterates that… Read More

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Thousands Of Unemployment Claims Released From Fraud Probe, But Many More Still Held

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state of Ohio has released for payment around a fifth of the quarter of a million claims for non-traditional unemployment assistance that it was holding back as it checked them for fraud. But some of the real people caught up in that investigation found it was yet another… Read More

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Ohio National Guard Is Continuing To Help The State’s Foodbanks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio National Guard members have been helping foodbanks out with distribution. The Guard was supposed end its mission this month, but there’s news it will continue to help in a reduced capacity. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks’ Joree Novotny says it’s been hard… Read More

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State Opens Grant Program For Student Broadband Accessibility

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is now accepting applications for schools seeking funds to expand broadband accessibility. That program has lifted a restriction that supporters say will go even further in helping low-income districts. The state is granting $50 million in federal funds to school districts that need help providing Internet access to… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Accepts Plan For $300 In Federal Unemployment Aid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has accepted a White House proposal for Ohio unemployment claimants to receive $300 in weekly unemployment compensation assistance with no state money involved. Dan Tierney is a spokesman for the state’s Republican governor. Tierney says states received two options for unemployment funding late Sunday. One provides claimants with… Read More

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, and his wife Fran, walk into their residence after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Again Tests Negative For Coronavirus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after the governor received conflicting positive and negative results ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump on Thursday. The governor and first lady, Fran DeWine, were tested at Ohio State University “out of an abundance of… Read More

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Pay No State Sales Tax This Weekend For Back-To-School Items

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Going back to school will be different this year but there’s one thing that won’t change. Ohioans will still be able to take advantage of a tax-free weekend for shopping for those back to school items. And it is happening now. The annual tax-free holiday began Friday morning and will run… Read More

Vinton County senior Logan Baker fights through the defense during the game at Vinton County against Athens High School on Sept. 27, 2019

HS Football Season Shortened To 6 Games, All Teams Go To Playoffs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s high school sports coordinating agency has announced the football season will be shortened to six games this fall and all teams will advance to the playoffs. The move was announced Friday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The change is still contingent on whether Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine permits… Read More

A worker at the testing site at the Columbus Health Department talks to a patient before administering a PCR test.

DeWine’s Conflicting COVID Results Bring Attention To Tests In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There have been over a thousand new confirmed coronavirus cases in each of the last four days in Ohio, and Friday’s 33 confirmed new deaths is the highest number in a week. And attention has turned to testing after Gov. Mike DeWine got a positive result from a rapid… Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Ohio To Purge 120K Inactive Voters From Rolls Post-Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief says about 120,000 inactive Ohio voter registrations will be removed from state voter rolls after the November election. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose says the purge is required under state and federal elections law. The voter registrations will be removed on Dec. 7. LaRose says the figure… Read More

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, and his wife Fran, walk into their residence after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio.

UPDATE: Gov. DeWine Tests Negative For COVID-19 After Second Test

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB | AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has tested tested negative for COVID-19 after testing positive earlier the same day. DeWine’s office sent out a statement Thursday night saying he, his wife Fran and his staff members were issued PCR tests upon his return to Columbus and the results from Wexner Medical… Read More

A banner over Court St. in Athens urges people to wear masks.

Athens Co. Downgraded To Level 1 Public Health Emergency, Confirms One COVID-19 Case For August 6

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has been downgraded to a Level 1 Public Health Emergency, according to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. This comes a week after the county was downgraded from Level 3. The county only triggered one of the seven indicators, non-congregate cases. An updated Public Health Advisory System Map was released… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Positive For COVID-19

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UPDATE [10:33 p.m.] Gov. DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19 after receiving a second test upon returning to Columbus. Read more by clicking here.   —————————————————————- [1:06 p.m.] COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) —Gov. Mike DeWine announced that he has come back positive for COVID-19 after taking a test Thursday. DeWine was tested in order to greet… Read More

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E-Warrant Program Intended To Improve Gun Sale Background Check Accuracy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The anniversary of the mass shooting in Dayton is reviving conversations about gun regulations in Ohio. While lawmakers have refused to move Gov. Mike DeWine’s (R-Ohio) gun regulation proposals, his administration is rolling out a program that he says can improve the accuracy of background checks. An e-warrant program in… Read More