Athens Co. Confirms Six New COVID-19 Cases For July 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 309 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after six additional cases were confirmed Friday.

The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 24.

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

An analysis of ODH data indicates two of the cases confirmed Friday involved people aged 30-39, one involved a person aged 0-19, one involved a person aged 20-29, one involved a person aged 40-49 and one involved a person aged 50-59.

A graphic show COVID-19 cases in Athens County
[Athens City-County Health Department]
There are 149 known active cases in the county as of Friday. There are 159 recovered cases, according to the health department. Thirteen 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 statewide mask mandate went into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday at the order of Gov. Mike DeWine.

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 24, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 24, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 81,746 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of  Friday at 2 p.m. There have been 10,072 hospitalizations and 3,297 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