1.) COVID numbers

Athens County recorded 514 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, Jan. 14. The record-shattering case number is partially the result of the state moving through a backlog of cases, which will inflate newly reported cases for the next few days.

The processing lag is due to the unprecedented number of cases in the state.

Athens County also recorded one new hospitalization and one new death from COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county’s death total to 106.

Vaccinations and booster shots remain highly effective at preventing severe disease and death from COVID-19 and may be scheduled at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/.

2.) Snow storm

A winter storm is forecast Sunday through Monday morning, with total accumulations of four to six inches possible.

Expect potentially hazardous travel conditions, and consult the Athens County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for the most up-to-date information regarding winter weather advisories.

3.) MLK Day

Martin Luther King Junior Day is this Monday, Jan. 17, celebrating the influential civil rights leader and activist who fought against Jim Crow segregation and sought justice for marginalized people.

Beyond his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech, King formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, which coordinated and supported nonviolent direct action as a strategy to fight segregation. His work and the following movement helped to secure the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

He was ultimately assassination in 1968.

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