Athens Co. Confirms No New COVID-19 Cases For August 27

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County remained at 376 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after no new cases were confirmed Thursday.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent August 27.

There are five known active cases in the county as of Thursday. There are 369 recovered cases, according to the local 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.

Athens County remained at a Level 1 Public Health Emergency on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

Gov. Mike DeWine released this week’s updated map during his press conference Wednesday.

The Ohio Public Health Advisory map for August 27.
Some nearby counties were able to downgrade from Level 2 to Level 1, including Muskingham and Perry. Other counties were not so fortunate. Ross, Pike and Jackson Counties were all upgraded to Level 2.

DeWine said 76 counties stayed at the same alert level, which is the smallest movement between levels the state has experienced.

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. 26 and 27, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Aug. 26 and 27, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 118,828 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Thursday at 2 p.m. There have been 13,150 hospitalizations and 4,076 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