Athens County Confirms Death Related To COVID-19 For December 27

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had nine total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was confirmed Sunday. The county now also has had 2,968 total cases of COVID-19 after 10 new cases were reported the same day and two previous cases were removed from the data.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the deaths and new cases on December 27.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the death involved a person in their 50s.

Regarding the new cases, four involved people aged 60-69, two involved people aged 40-49, two involved people aged 50-59, one involved people aged 20-29 and one involved a person aged 30-39. One previous case in the 0-19 age range and one previous case in the 80+ range were removed from the data.

An additional case involving a person in their 70s required hospitalization. ODH indicated the total number of hospitalizations in the county since the beginning of the pandemic is now up to 121.

There are 476 known active cases in the county as of Sunday. There are 2,483 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

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. 27, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Dec. 27, 2020. [ODH]
Sunday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 670,525 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 5,857 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 36,786 hospitalizations and 8,509 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. 27