Athens Co. Confirms 14 COVID-19 Cases For October 5

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 843 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 14 cases were confirmed Monday.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent October 5.

Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 10 of these new cases involved people aged 20-29, three involved people aged 0-19 and one involved a person aged 50-59.

There are 168 known active cases in the county as of Monday. There are 673 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. 5, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Oct. 5, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 159,964 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Monday at 2 p.m. There have been 15,840 hospitalizations and 4,931 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