Athens Co. Confirms 21 New COVID-19 Cases

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 111 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 21 additional cases were confirmed Friday.

The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 10.

No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. An analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates that of the 32 new cases in the county confirmed Thursday and Friday, 24 involved people aged 20-29, three involved people aged 0-19, two involved people aged 40-49, two involved people aged 50-59 and one involved a person aged 60-69.

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

A graph shows COVID-19 cases in Athens County
[Athens City-County Health Department]
There are 76 known active cases in the county as of Friday. There are 34 recovered cases, according to the health department. Nine people in the county have had to be hospitalized since the start of the pandemic. There has been one death related to COVID-19 in the county that happened in March.

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 62,856 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Friday at 2 p.m. There have been 8,701 hospitalizations and 3,032 reported deaths.

An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 8.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 8. [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