Athens Co. Confirms 12 New COVID-19 Cases For April 16

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 5,006 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 12 were reported Friday.

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

Analysis of ODH data indicates nine involved people aged 20-29 and three involved people aged 0-19.

One additional hospitalization was reported on Friday for a person aged 60-69. According to the data, 195 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 168 known active cases in the county as of Friday and 4,838 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 9,852 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 6,757 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m. A total of 34.59% 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 County COVID-19 cases for April 16, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens County COVID-19 cases for April 16, 2021. [ODH]
Friday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,050,112 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 2,003 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 54,787 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 April 16, 2021.