Athens Co. Confirms 10 New COVID-19 Cases For July 18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 260 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 10 additional cases were confirmed Saturday.

The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 18.

No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. An analysis of ODH data indicates 9 of the cases confirmed Saturday involved people aged 20-29 and one involved a person aged 30-39.

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

There are 160 known active cases in the county as of Saturday. There are 99 recovered cases, according to the health department. Ten 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.

A county-wide mask mandate from the state went into effect at 6 p.m. Friday.

An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 18.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 18. [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 73,822 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Saturday at 2 p.m. There have been 9,513 hospitalizations and 3,132 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