Athens County was moved to a level 2 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System for COVID-19 cases Thursday as the county’s case count surpassed 400.
A level 2 county is defined as one with “increased exposure and spread,” according to the Ohio Department of Health. Those living in level 2 counties are encouraged to exercise a high degree of caution.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Athens County as of Sep. 3 is 404. There have been 22 hospitalizations and two deaths. There have been no new hospitalizations since Aug. 22 and no deaths since Aug. 10.
Over the past two weeks, there have been 27 new COVID-19 cases in Athens County.
There are seven indicators used to determine a county’s level. Athens met the new increase indicator and non-congregate case indicator.
Ohio currently has the highest number of yellow, or level 1, counties since July 2. There are 39 yellow counties. Athens is one of 42 counties that is level 2.