Athens Co. Remains At Level 2 Public Health Emergency, Confirms 16 COVID-19 Cases For October 1

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County remained at a Level 2 Public Health Emergency as 16 COVID-19 cases confirmed Thursday brought its total to 773 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent October 1.

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

The county was upgraded to Level 2 four weeks ago.

The Ohio Public Health System map for Oct. 1 highlighting Athens County numbers
Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 11 of Thursday’s new cases involved people aged 20-29, three involved people aged 0-19, one involved a person aged 40-49 and one involved a person aged 60-69.

There are 154 known active cases in the county as of Thursday. There are 617 recovered cases, according to the local health department. A total of 29 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 Oct. 1, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Oct. 1, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 155,314 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Thursday at 2 p.m. There have been 15,606 hospitalizations and 4,817 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