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Coronavirus: Rise in cases continues as 53 OU students test positive

There were a total of 491 confirmed COVID-19 cases last week in Athens County. The county reported that 81 of these cases are still active, as of Saturday, Sept. 11.

On Sept. 5, there were 419 cases in the county, according to a previous Post report.

There have been no new deaths in the county, with that number staying at two. There hasn’t been a hospitalization since Sept. 3, bringing the total to 25 hospitalizations.

People under the age of 30 make up almost 77% of cases in Athens County. That number is about 33% at the state level.

Ohio University reported on Saturday that 53 students have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 162 total tests administered to students on the Athens campus. Of those tests, 38 are pending results, according to OU’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Twelve staff members on the Athens campus have been tested with no tests yielding positive results. There is one pending test.

There are 301 students living in residence halls, with 105 more expected to move in during the coming week.

There is one person quarantined at OU, with 97 additional quarantine spaces available. There are also 118 isolation spaces. None of those spaces are currently filled.

One staff member and one faculty member have reported positive cases, according to the dashboard.

Athens County is an orange county on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, which is the second lowest.

Athens County’s ICU beds are at about 60% capacity, with about 5% being COVID-19 patients.


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