Athens Co. Confirms 5 New COVID-19 Cases For March 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 4,769 total cases of COVID-19 after five new cases were reported Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on March 24, 2021.

Regarding the new cases, three involved people aged 20-29, one involved a person aged 30-39 and one involved a person aged 40-49.

Additional cases involving a person in their 20s and a person in their 30s required hospitalization. According to the data, 172 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 108 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday and 4,661 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 5,658 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 4,153 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m. A total of 22.60% 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 24, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for March 24, 2021. [ODH]
Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,004,670 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,848 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 52,472 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 24, 2021