Athens County Confirms 43 New COVID-19 Cases For January 27

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,904 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 43 were reported Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 27, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates 13 involved people aged 0-19, 13 involved people aged 20-29, five involved people aged 60-69, three involved people aged 30-39, three involved people aged 40-49, three involved people aged 80+, two involved people aged 70-79 and one involved a person aged 50-59.

An additional case involving a person aged 80 or older required hospitalization. According to the data, 154 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 534 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday and 3,361 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The health department also announced people over 75 years of age can call to schedule an appointment for this week’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

The clinic is only open for people who have scheduled an appointment. There will be no walk-in appointments.

Individuals 75 years and older interested in scheduling an appointment can call 740-592-4431.

The department said it will no longer accept registrations on its interest list in favor of people eligible to receive the vaccine.

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 Jan. 27, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Jan. 27, 2021. [ODH]
Ohio University reported late Tuesday that 104 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the semester last week, most of which are from the Athens campus.

As of Tuesday, 37 students were in isolation housing, 57 were in quarantine and the Wilson Hall dormitory moved into red alert status.

Red alert means that 5 to 9.9 percent of the residents have tested positive in the previous seven days. It is one step below purple alert, at which point the dorm is locked down.

An increase in COVID cases at the start of the semester was expected.

The university also mentioned the photos popping up on social media showing crowds of students, many without masks, lined up outside bars and restaurants on Court Street.

University policy requires students and employees to follow public health guidelines both on an off campus.

Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 878,284 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 5,366 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 45,530 hospitalizations and 10,931 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 Jan. 27, 2021