Athens County Coronavirus risk approaching Level 4: Purple
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced today that Athens County, in southeast Ohio, is approaching the highest risk level for coronavirus.
The county is rated as a Level 3: Red risk, but with a star on the state map indicating the county’s caseload and outbreaks have the jurisdiction approaching the Level 4: Purple risk.
Level 3 requires that all individuals in the county must wear a mask while outside their homes.
“A new county, unfortunately,” DeWine. “Athens County the situation has rapidly accelerated with isolated outbreaks that have resulted from a concerning community spread. Athens County has more COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks than they have had over the entire time of the pandemic.”
He said individuals seeking medical attention presenting symptoms of the virus has gone up by 700 percent over the last three weeks.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, this is the first week that Athens County is being designated at a risk level 3 because 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,” reads the county profile published by ODH.
“More than 73 percent 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 one case to 17 cases by July 9,” the profile continued.
DeWine noted that three bars in the county’s seat, Athens, also reported confirmed cases of the virus and thus were closed.
“That area right downtown has been a huge problem area,” he said.
According to ODH the indicators triggered to elevate Athens County to a level 3 risk are:
– New cases per capita.
– Non-congregate cases.
– Emergency room visits.
– Outpatient visits.
– Increase in new cases.
– Hospital admissions.