Athens Co. Confirms 47 New COVID-19 Cases, Removes Two Cases For December 5

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 2,301 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 53 cases were confirmed Saturday and two were removed from the data.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on December 5.

Analysis of ODH data indicates 19 involved people aged 20-29, eight involved people aged 30-39, six involved people aged 0-19, six involved people aged 40-49, four involved people aged 50-59, two involved people aged 60-69 and two involved people aged 80+.

Two previous cases involving people aged 70-79 were removed from the data.

Three additional cases involving two people in their 70s and a person in their 60s required hospitalization, bringing the county’s total to 94 people listed as hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are 576 known active cases in the county as of Saturday. There are 1,721 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department. There have been four 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 Dec. 5, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Dec. 5, 2020. [ODH]
On Saturday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 467,432 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 10,469 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 28,959 hospitalizations and 6,946 reported deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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

Statewide numbers for COVID-19 on Dec. 5