Athens Co. Confirms 10 New COVID-19 Cases For March 16

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 4,721 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 10 were reported for Tuesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on March 16, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates three involved people aged 50-59, two involved people aged 0-19, two involved people aged 80+, one involved a person aged 20-29, one involved a person aged 30-39 and one involved a person aged 70-79.

An additional case involving a person in their 20s required hospitalization. According to the data, 168 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 112 known active cases in the county as of Tuesday and 4,609 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

A total of 18.54% of the county’s population 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 16, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for March 16, 2021. [ODH]
Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 992,223 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,883 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 51,756 hospitalizations and 17,992 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