Athens Co. Confirms 7 New COVID-19 Cases For March 17

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 4,728 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after seven were reported for Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on March 17, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates four involved people aged 20-29, one involved a person aged 40-49, one involved a person aged 50-59 and one involved a person aged 80+.

There are 110 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday and 4,618 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 5,038 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 3,701 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m.

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 17, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for March 17, 2021. [ODH]
Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 993,681 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,458 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 51,837 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 data for March 17, 2021