Athens Co. Confirms 22 COVID-19 Cases For October 8, Remains At Level 2 Public Health Emergency

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 909 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 22 cases were confirmed Thursday.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent October 8.

The Ohio Public Health Advisory System Map for Oct. 8
Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 11 of these new cases involved people aged 20-29, nine involved people aged 0-19, one involved a person aged 30-39 and one involved a person aged 50-59.

There are 182 known active cases in the county as of Thursday. There are 725 recovered cases, according to the local health department. A total of 30 cases have required hospitalization since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been two deaths related to COVID-19 in the county.

Athens County remained at a Level 2 Public Health Emergency in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

Gov. Mike DeWine released the updated map during his Thursday press conference .

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

It was upgraded to Level 2 five weeks ago.

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. 8, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Oct. 8, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 164,262 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Thursday at 2 p.m. There have been 16,200 hospitalizations and 4,983 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