Athens Co. Confirms 30 COVID-19 Cases For October 27

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,311 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 30 cases were confirmed Tuesday.

The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 27.

Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 13 of these new cases involved people aged 20-29, five involved people aged 70-79, four involved people aged 40-49, four involved people aged 80+, one involved a person aged 30-39, one involved a person aged 50-59 and one involved a person aged 60-69.

An additional case involving a person aged 80+ required hospitalization, bringing the county’s total to 45 since the beginning of the pandemic.

These case increases come a day after Athens City-County Health Department Jack Pepper informed city council that a long-term care facility in the county was experiencing a spike in cases.

Pepper also reported that he received an email Monday from the Ohio Department of Health noting that the viral load in the wastewater coming out the city’s wastewater treatment plant has increased 10-fold in the past couple of weeks.

There are 282 known active cases in the county as of Tuesday. There are 1,027 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. 27, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Oct. 27, 2020. [ODH]
The Ohio Department of Health announced 202,740 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide as of Tuesday at 2 p.m. There have been 18,433 hospitalizations and 5,239 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