Athens County Confirms 23 COVID-19 Cases For December 16

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 2,700  total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 23 cases were confirmed Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on December 16.

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

One person in their 60’s  had to be hospitalized.

There are 607 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday. There are 2,087 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department. 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.

Age breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Athens County as of December 16, 2020. [ODH]
On Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 584,766  confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 5,409 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 33,375 hospitalizations and 7,777 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