Athens County Confirms 11 New Cases For March 3 And 4, Removes 1 Case, Remains Level 3

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 4,654 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 11 were reported for Wednesday and Thursday, and one previously confirmed case was removed.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on March 4, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates five involved people aged 20-29, three involved people aged 80+, two involved people aged 0-19 and one involved a person aged 40-49. A previously confirmed case in the 60-69 age category was removed.

There are 253 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 4,401 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

Nearly 14.1% 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 March 2, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for March 4, 2021. [ODH]
Athens County again remained at a Level 3 Public Health Emergency, according to this week’s Public Health Advisory map.

The county met two of the seven state indicators: new cases per capita and non-congregate cases. But it did not drop below the high incidence threshold of over 100 cases per 100,000 over a two-week period, keeping it at the Level 3 designation.

The Ohio Public Helath Advisory System map for March 4, 2021 highlighting Athens County numbers
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 974,480 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,875 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 50,695 hospitalizations.

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 4, 2021