Athens Co. Confirms 32 New COVID-19 Cases For April 17-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 5,038 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 32 were reported for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on April 19, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the new cases involved 14 people 0-19, 11 people 20-29, four people 30-39, two people 40-49 and one person 50-59.

One additional hospitalization was reported Monday for a person in their 20s. According to the data, 196 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 160 known active cases in the county as of Monday and 4,878 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 9,987 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 34.90% 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 April 19, 2021
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for April 19, 2021. [ODH]
Monday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,054,807 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,632 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 55,016 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 19, 2021