Athens Co. Confirms Two COVID-19 Cases For August 22

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 372 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after two new cases were confirmed Saturday.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the cases in a press release sent August 22.

An analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates one of the new cases involved a person aged 20-29 and the other involved a person aged 30-39.

There are 9 known active cases in the county as of Saturday. There are 361 recovered cases, according to the health department. A total of 21 people have required hospitalization due to COVID-19 symptoms in the county since the start of the pandemic. There have been two deaths related to COVID-19 in the county.

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 Aug. 22, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Aug. 22, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 114,165 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Saturday at 2 p.m. There have been 12,778 hospitalizations and 3,975 reported deaths.

ODH 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