Why is Athens County at a Level 3: Public Health Emergency (RED), Here Is Why

The move to Level 3: Public Health Emergency (RED) for Athens County is based on the following:


  • New cases per capita
  • Non-congregate cases
  • Emergency room visits
  • Outpatient visits
  • Increase in new cases
  • Hospital admissions

During the past 14 days, 147 COVID-19 cases have been identified, which means the county exceeds the ”high incidence” category as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 73% of Athens County’s total cases have been during the past two weeks. Since June 23, Athens County’s COVID-19 average daily cases increased from nearly 1 case to 17 cases by July 9. Due to clinical and reporting lags, these numbers may continue to grow for this reporting period. Athens County is also seeing an increase in the number of people seeking medical care due to COVID-19. From June 23 to July 3, visits for COVID-19 to the emergency department grew from an average of 0.5 visits per day to 3. Significantly more people are also visiting their doctors and being diagnosed with COVID-19. Between June 23 and July 13, average outpatient visits grew from 7 to 52 visits per day. Four out of five cases in Athens County are people younger than 30 and are linked to bars and restaurants.

See the full statistical breakdown at – https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/OPHASM/profiles/athens.pdf