Athens Co. Remains At Level 2 Public Health Emergency, Confirms 17 COVID-19 Cases For September 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County stayed at a Level 2 Public Health Emergency as 17 COVID-19 cases confirmed Thursday brought its total to 653 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Ohio Public Health Advisory map for Sept. 24
The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 24.

Gov. Mike DeWine released this week’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System map during his press conference Thursday.

Athens County triggered three of the state’s seven indicators, the same as the past two weeks: new cases per capita, new cases increase and non-congregate cases.

DeWine said that the spread of coronavirus continues to shift from cities to rural counties.

For example, Pike and Lawrence County were both upgraded to Level 3 Public Health Emergencies.

Athens county was upgraded to Level 2  three weeks ago.

Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 14 of these new cases involved people aged 20-29, two involved people aged 0-19 and one involved a person aged 30-39.

There are 123 known active cases in the county as of Thursday. There are 528 recovered cases, according to the local health department. A total of 28 people have been hospitalized due to complications related to COVID-19 symptoms since the beginning 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 Sept. 24, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Sept. 24, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 147,744 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Thursday at 2 p.m. There have been 15,051 hospitalizations and 4,715 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