Athens Co. Confirms Four New COVID-19 Cases

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 13 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four new cases were confirmed Tuesday.

The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent May 19.

No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases.

The department said after the first confirmed case on March 26 that investigations into patients’ close contacts would be conducted.

There are nine known active cases in the county as of Tuesday. There has been one death related to COVID-19 in the county that happened in March.

A demographic breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases
A demographic breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases. [ODH]
Anyone experiencing respiratory symptoms is asked to call their primary care physician, urgent care, or emergency department before arriving for care to let them know that they believe they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 virus.

The Ohio Department of Health announced 28,952 confirmed & probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Tuesday, May 19 at 2 p.m. There have been 5,117 hospitalizations and 1,720 reported deaths.

The DOH makes the following recommendations to protect yourself from illness:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Ohio’s coronavirus call center is open to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634. More information is available at