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Athens County Confirms 46 New COVID-19 Cases For January 23, 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,812 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 46 were reported Saturday and Sunday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 22, 2021. Analysis of ODH data indicates 16 involved people aged 20-29, 10 involved people aged 0-19, six… Read More

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Athens County Confirms 29 New COVID-19 Cases For January 22

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,766 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 29 were reported Friday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 22, 2021. Analysis of ODH data indicates seven involved people aged 80+, five involved people aged 30-39, four involved people… Read More

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Why Ohio’s Unemployment System Might Not Be Fixed Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s unemployment system continues to be a challenge for thousands of Ohioans who say it is slow and non-responsive. And the system has needed some major updates. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says when he took over, there was a big problem with Ohio’s unemployment system – it was not… Read More

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DeWine Rejects List Of PUCO Nominees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is asking for a new list of candidates to potentially chair the state’s utilities regulatory agency. The former chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio resigned after the FBI raided his home. DeWine rejected the four candidates named by the PUCO Nominating Council. But he… Read More

KSU freshman Thomas Jahnke is tested for COVID-19 in October at the KSU Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. Health Departments will receive rapid antigen tests that can be administered at home under a deal announced Thursday by Gov. Mike DeWine.

State Launches Partnership to Provide Rapid, In Home COVID-19 Testing; Curfew Will be Extended

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Ohio’s public health departments are getting something Gov. Mike DeWine says they’ve wanted for a long time: rapid, in-home COVID-19 tests. DeWine today announced a partnership the state is entering with Abbott Labs and digital health care company, eMed to administer the rapid antigen tests. The state will spend $50 million CARES… Read More

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Ohio Jobless Claims Rise Again Amidst Pandemic Uncertainty

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of Ohioans filing initial claims for unemployment compensation during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic jumped last week, according to state data released Thursday. The latest figures show Ohioans filed 42,975 initial jobless claims for the week ending Jan. 16, a 15% increase over the previous week, the Department of Job… Read More

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, looks over a photo display outside her office, in Columbus, Ohio.

Child Advocates: Ohio State Foster Plan Illegal, Inadequate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Advocates for Ohio children cared for by relative adults say a state plan to address funding disparities for those children is illegal and inadequate. At issue are people who take custody of children they’re related to but who aren’t licensed foster parents. A long-time gap exists in Ohio between payments to… Read More

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Athens County Confirms 30 New COVID-19 Cases For January 21, Remains At Level 3

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,737 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 30 were reported Thursday. The county also remained at a Level 3 Public Health Emergency. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 21, 2021. Analysis of ODH data indicates 10 involved… Read More

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Painting By Historic Cincinnati Artist Part Of Biden Inauguration

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (WVXU) — A painting by Cincinnati artist Robert S. Duncanson was selected as the 59th Inaugural Painting. Duncanson is considered the most well-known African American artist of the Civil War era. Landscape with Rainbow is an oil painting on canvas from 1859. It was presented to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris… Read More

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Why Many Ohioans Are Not Getting Federal Unemployment Dollars Yet

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The federal government has authorized $300 weekly unemployment bonus checks, but many Ohioans say they are not getting them yet. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Kim Henderson says people who have been getting unemployment benefits are seeing the $300 weekly bonuses. But she says it’s more… Read More

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DeWine Asks Biden For More COVID-19 Vaccine, National Strategies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The transition from a Trump to Biden administration means changes for the nation’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says there’s one glaring issue the state needs help with moving forward. President Joe Biden and his staff have reached out to states to find out what changes… Read More

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Athens County Confirms 32 New COVID-19 Cases For January 20

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,707 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 32 were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 20, 2021. Analysis of ODH data indicates 10 involved people aged 20-29, six involved people aged 50-59, six involved people… Read More

Ohio Highway Patrol troopers and Ohio National Guard personnel were at the Ohio Statehouse starting this weekend and continuing through Wednesday.

Security Remains High At Ohio Statehouse On Inauguration Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — On this inauguration day, security remains high at the Ohio Statehouse after preparations for a weekend armed march that never fully materialized. They included a stepped-up increase of law enforcement and limited access to the building. Gov. Mike DeWine said there were “credible threats” of violence directed at Ohio, which led him to authorize 580… Read More

Study Says Ohio Needs To Reinstate Corporate Income Tax

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is one of only six states in the country that doesn’t have an income tax on corporate profits. A liberal leaning think tank that studies public policy says that needs to change. Zach Schiller, Policy Matters Ohio research director, says while the pandemic has hurt many small businesses, big… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine holds a coronavirus press conference on September 15, 2020.

Ohioans 80 And Up Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine Starting This Week

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Updated: 4:32 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2020 COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) —Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine celebrated the next phase of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Tuesday, broadcasting the inoculation of several seniors during his twice-weekly pandemic update. The state launched Phase 1B of vaccine distribution Tuesday, and Ohioans age 80 and older are first in… Read More

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Athens County Confirms 21 New COVID-19 Cases For January 19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,675 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 21 were reported Tuesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 19, 2021. Analysis of ODH data indicates six involved people aged 20-29, four involved people aged 0-19, four involved people… Read More

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Athens County Confirms 19 New COVID-19 Cases And Removes One For January 18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,654 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 19 were reported Monday and one previous case was removed from the data. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 18, 2021. Analysis of ODH data indicates six involved people aged… Read More

Shio State Troopers and National Guard stand watch at the Ohio Statehouse on Jan. 17 during the planned "armed protest," which remained peaceful.

“Armed March” On Ohio Statehouse Features Conspiracy Theories And Guns, But Stays Peaceful

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The planned “armed march” that was expected in all 50 state capitals and brought out heavy security resulted in just a few dozen protestors at the Ohio Statehouse. People describing themselves as the Ohio Boogaloo, along with supporters of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, shared space on the Statehouse… Read More

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Athens County Confirms 14 New COVID-19 Cases For January 17

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,636 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 14 were reported Sunday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 17, 2021. Analysis of ODH data indicates six involved people aged 20-29, three involved people aged 40-49, three involved people… Read More

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Athens County Confirms 35 New COVID-19 Cases For January 16

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,622 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 35 were reported Saturday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 16, 2021. Analysis of ODH data indicates nine involved people aged 20-29, seven involved people aged 40-49, four involved… Read More

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Athens Co. Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County will have more COVID-19 vaccine providers next week as the state’s eligibility for the shots expands Kroger Pharmacies in the county, along with Shrivers Pharmacies and Hopewell Health Centers in Athens and Nelsonville will be offering limited amounts of vaccine to people in Phase 1B, which includes highest priority people… Read More

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Athens County Confirms 41 New COVID-19 Cases For January 15

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,587 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 41 were reported Friday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 15, 2021. Analysis of ODH data indicates nine involved people aged 20-29, seven involved people aged 70-79, seven involved… Read More

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Ohio Democratic Party Has A New Chairwoman

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Democratic Party has a new chair. Summit County Council woman Liz Walters was elected last night by the party’s executive committee. It came down to two women – Antoinette Wilson and Liz Walters. After a few words about the need to rebuild the party by enlisting the strength… Read More

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Ohioans Will Soon Be Able To Search For Vaccine Locations Online

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WVXU) — At 8 a.m. Friday morning, all Ohioans can go to Coronavirus.Ohio.gov and search by county or zip code to find a location that is offering the vaccine for COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a Thursday briefing. “It will be up to those locations that will have the vaccine to do their… Read More

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Athens County Confirms 41 New COVID-19 Cases For January 14, Remains At Level 3

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,546 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 41 were reported Thursday. The county also remained at a Level 3 Public Health Emergency. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 14, 2021. Analysis of ODH data indicates 12 involved… Read More