Athens Co. Confirms 10 New COVID-19 Cases For July 21

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 284 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 10 additional cases were confirmed Tuesday. The increase comes after three days of declining numbers.

The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 21.

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

A graphic shows COVID-19 cases in Athens County
[Athens City-County Health Department]
An analysis of ODH data indicates 7 of the cases confirmed Tuesday involved people aged 20-29, two involved people aged 60-69 and one involved a person aged 50-59. An additional person has been hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

There are 156 known active cases in the county as of Tuesday. There are 127 recovered cases, according to the health department. Eleven 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 21, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 21, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 77,215 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Tuesday at 2 p.m. There have been 9,736 hospitalizations and 3,219 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