Athens Co. Confirms Five New COVID-19 Cases For July 31

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 339 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after five additional cases were confirmed Friday.

The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent July 31.

An analysis of ODH data indicates four cases confirmed Friday involved people aged 20-29 and one involved a person aged 50-59.

There are 84 known active cases in the county as of Friday. There are 254 recovered cases, according to the health department. Eighteen 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.

The numbers come a day after the county was downgraded to a Level 2 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 31, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 31, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 91,159 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Friday at 2 p.m. There have been 10,790 hospitalizations and 3,489 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