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Athens Co. Confirms 6 New COVID-19 Cases For April 9

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 4,917 total cases of COVID-19 after six new cases were reported Friday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on April 9, 2021.

According to an analysis of ODH data, the new cases involved two people 60-69, one person 0-19, one person 30-39, one person 40-49 and one person 70-79.

Seven additional cases involving three people in their 60s, two people in their 40s, a person in their 50s and a person in their 70s required hospitalizations. According to the data, 185 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 155 known active cases in the county as of Friday and 4,762 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 8,719 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 5,453 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m. A total of 31.88% of the county has started the vaccination process, according to ODH.

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 April 9, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for April 9, 2021. [ODH]
Friday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,035,552 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,946 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 53,960 hospitalizations and 18,827 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 coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Statewide coronavirus numbers for April 9, 2021
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