Ohio Public Health Advisory System

The above graph displays the total number of known cases of COVID-19 in Athens County, organized by age brackets. Graph by Ben Peters.

Athens County remains a “yellow” Level 1 county in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported last week.

In addition, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine shared an updated list last week of Ohio’s counties ranked by coronavirus (COVID-19) occurrences during his Thursday, Aug. 27 press conference. Athens County ranked as the 78th out of 88 counties on Thursday’s list, with 13.8 cases per 100,000 people between Aug. 12 and Aug. 25.

Weeks back, the county ranked No. 86, with the same rate of cases per 100,000.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there are 396 total known cases of the COVID-19 in Athens County, according to the Athens City-County Health Department. Last Tuesday’s total sat at 374 cases.

This week reported 23 known active cases and 371 recovered cases of the virus in the county.

Athens County witnessed its second COVID-19 related death last month, the health department reported. Both COVID-19-related fatalities in Athens County fall in the 60-69 age bracket.

Here are the total known cases by age in Athens County, according to the Ohio Department of Health:

Statewide, confirmed and probable cases of the virus are increasing daily. ODH reported that there are now 124,610 total COVID-19 cases in Ohio, and 4,165 deaths associated with the virus.

Gov. DeWine in July unveiled the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System, a new warning system that measures the severity of the virus in Ohio’s counties by several case indicators: new cases per capita, sustained increase in new cases, proportion of cases that are not congregate cases, sustained increase in emergency room visits, sustained increase in outpatient visits, sustained increase in new COVID-19 hospital admissions and intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy.

These indicators determine at what level a county rests in the advisory system.

Level 1 counties have “active exposure and spread” of the virus and have triggered zero to one of the seven case indicators. According to the advisory system, Athens County has triggered only one of the seven indicators under the alert system: proportion of cases that are not congregate cases.

Between Aug. 19-25, the county had a non-congregate percentage of cases of 100 percent.

In addition, the county has seen nine new cases over the last two weeks, according to the advisory system.

Level 2 counties have “increased exposure and spread” and have triggered two to three of the case indicators. The Ohio Department of Health recommends those traveling to or residing in these counties exercise a high degree of caution.” Level 3 counties have “very high exposure and spread” and have triggered four to five of the case indicators.

No counties in Ohio are classified as Level 4, the most severe public health advisory. ODH recommends residents of these counties only leave home for supplies and essential services.

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