Athens County Confirms 45 COVID-19 Cases For Jan. 1 and Jan. 2

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,146 total cases of COVID-19 after 45 new cases were reported Saturday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 2, 2021.  The case numbers announced on January 2, include the Friday, January 1, 2021 data.

An analysis of ODH data finds the cases involved: five people aged 0-19, 13 people aged 20-29, three people aged 30-39, seven people aged 40-49, seven people aged 50-59, five people aged 60-69, three people aged 70-79 and two people 80 or older. One case remains uncategorized in an age group.

Currently, there are 467 known active cases and 2,625 recovered cases of COVID-19 in Athens County, 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.

Age breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Athens County as of January 2, 2021. [ODH]

As of 2 p.m., Saturday, January 2, 2021, the state’s two-day total of positive COVID-19 cases was 14,293, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The data compiled by ODH also shows 55 deaths and 299 new hospitalizations were reported during this two-day period. The daily average for deaths reported for the past seven days is 77. The daily average for hospitalizations reported during the past seven days is 303.

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