Athens Co. Confirms 26 COVID-19 Cases For October 13

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County now has the highest rate of COVID-19 case occurrence per 100,000 people in the state, largely due to those 29 and younger.

Gov. Mike DeWine provided an update on that data over a 14-day period during his Tuesday press briefing.

Athens County has had 238 diagnoses during the Sept. 28 to Oct. 11 time frame, a rate of 364.3 per 100,000 people.

A table shows the highest rates of COIVD-19 in Ohio
The county has now had 1,053 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 26 cases were confirmed Tuesday.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent October 13.

Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 16 of these new cases involved people aged 20-29, seven involved people aged 0-19, one involved a person aged 30-39, one involved a person aged 40-49 and one involved a person aged 60-69.

Four additional cases required hospitalization, bringing the county’s total to 35 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are 248 known active cases in the county as of Tuesday. There are 803 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 Oct. 13, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Oct. 13, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 171,626 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Tuesday at 2 p.m. There have been 16,565 hospitalizations and 5,017 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