Athens Co. Confirms Four COVID-19 Cases For September 4

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 408 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four cases were confirmed Friday.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 4.

Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates three of these new cases involved people aged 20-29 and one involved a person aged 50-59. An additional case required hospitalization, bringing the county’s total since the beginning of the pandemic to 23.

There are 31 known active cases in the county as of Friday. There are 375 recovered cases, according to the local health department. There have been two deaths related to COVID-19 in the county.

“The Athens City-County Health Department strongly encourages community members to take extra care when in public, at sporting events, entertainment venues, and family and friend gatherings- especially over the Labor Day weekend,” according to a press release.

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 Sept. 4, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Sept. 4, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 128,444 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Friday at 2 p.m. There have been 13,731 hospitalizations and 4,248 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