Athens Co. Confirms 10 New COVID-19 Cases, Removes 1 For March 26

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 4,788 total cases of COVID-19 after 10 new cases were reported Friday and one previously confirmed case was removed.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on March 26, 2021.

According to an analysis of ODH data, five involved people aged 20-29, two involved people aged 0-19, two involved people aged 50-59 and one involved a person aged 40-49. One case was removed from the 80+ category.

An additional case involving a person in their 20s required hospitalization. According to the data, 174 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 113 known active cases in the county as of Friday and 4,675 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 6,009 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 4,158 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m. A total of 24.36% 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 26, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for March 26, 2021. [ODH]
Friday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,008,913 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 2,742 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 52,650 hospitalizations and 18,526 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

Statewide coronavirus numbers for March 26, 2021