Athens County Confirms 15 COVID-19 Cases For December 21

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 2,841 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 15 cases were confirmed Monday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on December 21.

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

There are 574 known active cases in the county as of Monday. There are 2,261 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 for December 21, 2020. [ODH]
Monday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 629,354 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 6,548 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 35,048 hospitalizations and 8,122 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