Athens County Confirms 6 New COVID-19 Cases For March 1

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 4,637 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after six were reported Monday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on March 1, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates three involved people aged 20-29, two involved people aged 50-59 and one involved a person aged 0-19.

There are 347 known active cases in the county as of Monday and 4,261 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The internet and phone system at the department is temporarily offline and is expected to be down until mid-day Wednesday or Thursday.

In an effort to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for a clinic at Heritage Hall on Friday, March 5, they are asking people 65 years of age and older who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to call 740-592-0899 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

You must have an appointment to participate in the vaccination clinic.

Starting next week, there will be a transition to an online COVID-19 vaccine scheduling system for making appointments. The department said in a news release that details about the online scheduling system will come later this week.

Community members can also schedule to receive COVID-19 vaccine through Shrivers Pharmacy, all three Kroger Pharmacies and Hopewell Health.

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 March 1, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for March 1, 2021. [ODH]
Monday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 968,874 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,452 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 50,382 hospitalizations and 17,346 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 March 1, 2021