Athens Co. Confirms 4 New COVID-19 Cases For March 11, Remains Level 3

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 4,686 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four were reported Thursday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on March 11, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates two involved people aged 20-29, one involved a person aged 50-59 and one involved a person aged 70-79.

There are 149 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 4,537 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

A total of 16.85% 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 11, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for March 11, 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.

Some neighboring counties were downgraded, including Morgan County dropping to Level 2 and Meigs County dropping from Level 3 to Level 1.

The Ohio Public Health Advisory System map for March 11, 2021 featuring Athens County data
The Ohio Public Health Advisory System map for March 11, 2021. [ODH]
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 984,934 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,448 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 51,323 hospitalizations 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 11, 2021