Athens Co. Confirms 40 New COVID-19 Cases For December 9

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 2,473 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 40 cases were confirmed Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on December 9.

Analysis of ODH data indicates 10 involved people aged 20-29, 10 involved people aged 40-49, eight involved people aged 0-19, four involved people aged 60-69, three involved people aged 50-59, two involved people aged 70-79, two involved people aged 80+ and one involved a person aged 30-39.

There are 647 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday. There are 1,820 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department. A total of 101 people have been listed as hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been six 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. 9, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Dec. 9, 2020. [ODH]
Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 520,112 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 10,094 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 30,690 hospitalizations and 7,187 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 coronavirus numbers for Dec. 9, 2020