Athens County Reports 2,203 Recovered Cases Of COVID-19 For December 19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 2,797 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 23 cases were confirmed Saturday and one of Friday’s unknown cases was apparently reassigned to an age category.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on December 19. The agency also acknowledged technical difficulties may cause a slightly lower report of case numbers.

An analysis of ODH data indicates cases include one person aged 0-19, five people aged 20-29, four people aged 30-39, three people aged 40-49, six people aged 50-59, one person 60-69, one person aged 70-79, and two people aged 80 or older.

One person 80 or older had to be hospitalized. ODH indicated 114 people in the county have been hospitalization since the start of the pandemic.

There are 558 known active cases in the county as of Saturday. There are 2,203 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 December 19, 2020. [ODH]
Saturday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 614,429 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 8,567 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 34,553 hospitalizations and 8,031 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