Athens County Confirms 37 New COVID-19 Cases For January 29

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 3,981 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 37 were reported Friday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on January 29, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates 12 involved people aged 20-29, 11 involved people aged 0-19, seven involved people aged 50-59, three involved people aged 30-39, three involved people aged 60-69 and one involved a person aged 40-49.

There are 545 known active cases in the county as of Friday and 3,427 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

Next week, the health department will be providing vaccine clinics for those who are scheduled to receive their second doses and adult staff who work in K-12 schools in the county. Those who are age 70 years of age and older can reach out to Kroger and Shrivers Pharmacies or Hopewell Health Centers for their vaccine next week.

If you have been scheduled at another provider or have already received the vaccine, the health department asks that you call them to have your name removed from their list.

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. 29, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Jan. 29, 2021. [ODH]
Friday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 888,590 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 4,874 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 45,952 hospitalizations and 11,070 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. 29, 2021