Athens Co. Confirms Four New COVID-19 Cases For July 29, Active Cases Drop Under 100

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 330 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four additional cases were confirmed Wednesday.

The Athens City-County Health Department announced the case in a press release sent July 29.

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

An analysis of ODH data indicates three of the new cases involved people aged 20-29 and one involved a person aged 40-49. An additional active case required hospitalization.

There are 94 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday. There are 235 recovered cases, according to the health department. Seventeen 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.

statewide mask mandate went into effect last week 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 29, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 29, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 87,893 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Wednesday at 2 p.m. There have been 10,553 hospitalizations and 3,422 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