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Coronavirus: Athens County starts week by passing 700 cases

Athens County reported having 707 COVID-19 cases — 147 of which are active — on Sunday.

There were 67 new cases reported in the county between Sept. 20 and Sept. 26.

There were no additional COVID-19 deaths last week, with the number remaining at two. There have also been 28 hospitalizations, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

People under the age of 30 make up just over 81% of cases in Athens County. In comparison, on the state level, people under 30 make up just under 34%.

Ohio University has tested 401 students on the Athens campus who are symptomatic. There are 151 students who have tested positive and 211 students who have tested negative. Forty-seven students still have pending results, according to OU’s COVID-19 dashboard as of Sept. 25.

There are 949 students living in residence halls as of Sept. 24. Five students are quarantined and four are isolated, according to the dashboard.

Of students living off-campus:

  • 68 students are currently quarantined due to possible exposure
  • 50 students are isolated because of a positive test or are symptomatic
  • 29 students are isolated due to a positive result.

OU announced on Sept. 23 that Fall Semester’s commencement will be held online because of the pandemic.


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