Athens Co. Confirms Four COVID-19 Cases For October 18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,145 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four cases were confirmed Sunday.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 18.

Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates two of these new cases involved people aged 20-29, one involved a person aged 30-39 and one involved a person aged 60-69.

There are 255 known active cases in the county as of Sunday. There are 888 recovered cases, according to the local health department. A total of 39 cases have required hospitalization 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. 18, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Oct. 18, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 181,787 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Sunday at 2 p.m. There have been 17,061 hospitalizations and 5,067 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