Athens Co. Confirms 24 COVID-19 Cases For October 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,259 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 24 cases were confirmed Saturday.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 24.

Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 12 of these new cases involved people aged 20-29, four involved people aged 0-19, three involved people aged 40-49, two involved people aged 30-39, two involved people aged 70-79 and one involved a person aged 50-59.

There are 282 known active cases in the county as of Saturday. There are 975 recovered cases, according to the local health department. A total of 42 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 24, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Oct 24, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 195,806 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Saturday at 2 p.m. There have been 18,006 hospitalizations and 5,206 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