Athens Co. Confirms Four New COVID-19 Cases

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 37 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four additional cases were confirmed Wednesday.

The Athens City-County Health Department announced the case in a press release sent July 1.

No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. Data from the Ohio Department of Health indicate none of the new cases required hospitalization.

The local health 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 Wednesday, July 1. Four people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. There has been one death related to COVID-19 in the county that happened in March.

A chart shows COVID-19 cases in Athens County
[Athens City-County Health Department]
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 52,865 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Wednesday, July 1 at 2 p.m. There have been 7,911 hospitalizations and 2,876 reported deaths.

An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases. [ODH]
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