Athens County Confirms 30 COVID-19 Cases For December 28

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 2,998 total cases of COVID-19 after 30 new cases were reported Monday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on December 28.

Analysis of ODH data, eight involved people aged 0-19, six involved people aged 40-49, five involved people aged 20-29, four involved people aged 30-39, four involved people aged 50-59, two involved people aged 60-69 and one involved person aged 70-79.

Two additional cases involving a person in their 50s and a person in their 40s required hospitalization. ODH indicated the total number of hospitalizations in the county since the beginning of the pandemic is now up to 123.

There are 475 known active cases in the county as of Monday. There are 2,514 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. 28, 2020.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Dec. 28, 2020. [ODH]
Monday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 675,044 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 4,519 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 37,076 hospitalizations and 8,571 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