Six new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by the Athens City-County Health Department – the largest one-day jump the county has seen. Athens County now has 49 confirmed or probable cases, 19 of which are active, 29 recovered and one death dating back to mid-March.

Over the last week, 18 cases have been confirmed in Athens County. The quick growth is similar to state totals. Currently there are 56,183 confirmed cases in Ohio, with 2,907 deaths. 

In total, there have been six hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in Athens County.

The Health Department released a statement today regarding the latest increase in the county.

"The Athens City-County Health Department strongly encourages members of our community to modify their personal behavior to reduce possible transmission of COVID-19. You should wear a face covering in public, which can be a mask, scarf, bandana (sic), or other homemade fabric barrier," the release states. 

The Health Department also suggests frequent hand washing and the washing of high-touch surfaces, as well as keeping a 6-foot distance between people. 

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