Athens Co. Confirms 6 New COVID-19 Cases For July 20

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 274 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after  additional cases were confirmed Monday. This is the third reported decrease of new cases in Athens County in as many days.

The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 20.

No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the cases. An analysis of ODH data indicates 4 of the cases confirmed Monday involved people aged 20-29, one involved a person aged 30-39 and one involved a person aged 50-59.

A graphic shows COVID-19 cases in Athens County
[Athens City-County Health Department]
There are 146 known active cases in the county as of Monday. There are 127 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 after the county was designated as experiencing a Level 3 Public Health Emergency.

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.

An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 20, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 20, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 76,168 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Monday at 2 p.m. There have been 9,610 hospitalizations and 3,189 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