Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019
Ohio University’s class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019 [Michelle Rotuno-Johnson | WOUB]

Ohio University says Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the university said Friday. 

The employee was last on the Athens campus May 4 and is recovering at home, according to a university news release.

They “practiced social distancing and had limited contact with individuals on campus.”

The area in which the employee worked has been cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected, according to the release.

OU is not releasing the name of the individual, and is in the process of informing anyone who may have been in close contact.

The Ohio Department of Health and the Athens City-County Health Department did not confirm a new COVID-19 in Athens County on Friday.

The DOH makes the following recommendations to protect yourself from illness:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Ohio’s coronavirus call center is open to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634. More information is available at