Athens Co. Confirms 68 New COVID-19 Cases For Aug. 20-23

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 5,483 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 68 new cases were reported since last Thursday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Aug. 23, 2021.

According to ODH data, the cases involved 19 people 20-29, 20 people 0-19, nine people 30-39, six people 40-49, five people 50-59, five people 70-79, three people 60-69 and one person 80+.

There are 195 known active cases in the county as of Monday and 5,228 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 44.29% of the county has started the vaccination process and 41.49% has completed it, 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 County COVID-19 cases for Aug. 23, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens County COVID-19 cases for Aug. 23, 2021. [ODH]
Monday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,183,761 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 2,775 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 64,351 hospitalizations 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 August 23, 2021