Athens Co. Confirms Nine COVID-19 Cases For September 20

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 597 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after nine cases were confirmed Sunday.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 20.

Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates five of these new cases involved people aged 20-29, two involved people aged 0-19 and two involved people aged 40-49. One additional case required hospitalization, bringing the county’s total to 28 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are 104 known active cases in the county as of Sunday. There are 491 recovered cases, according to the local health department. 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 Sept. 20, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Sept. 20, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 144,309 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Sunday at 2 p.m. There have been 14,773 hospitalizations and 4,615 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