Athens County Confirms 44 COVID-19 Cases For December 18

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 2,775 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 44 cases were confirmed Friday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on December 18.

An analysis of ODH data indicates cases include six people aged 0-19, ten people aged 20-29, four people aged 30-39, four people aged 40-49, ten people aged 50-59, four people 60-69, three people aged 70-79, and one person 80 or older. Two people were listed as having their age “unknown.”

Two people in their 60s had to be hospitalized. ODH indicated the total number of hospitalizations in the county since the beginning of the pandemic is now up to 113.

There are 604 known active cases in the county as of Friday. There are 2,165 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 Athens County COVID-19 cases for Dec. 18, 2020. [ODH]
Friday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 605,862 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 9,684 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 34,143 hospitalizations and 7,967 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