Athens County Confirms 15 New COVID-19 Cases For Feb. 26

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 4,609 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 15 were reported Friday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on Feb. 26, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates eight involved people aged 20-29, two involved people aged 0-19, two involved people aged 30-39, two involved people aged 50-59 and one involved a person aged 60-69.

There are 367 known active cases in the county as of Friday and 4,211 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 3,646 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 1,600 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m. Just more than 13% of the county has started the vaccination process, according to ODH.

Anyone experiencing respiratory symptoms is asked to call their primary care physician, urgent care, or emergency department before arriving for care to let them know that they believe they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 virus.

An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Feb. 26, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Feb. 26, 2021. [ODH]
Friday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 964,380 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,976 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 50,118 hospitalizations and 17,183 reported deaths since the start of the pandemic.

ODH 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

Statewide coronavirus numbers for Feb. 26, 2021