Athens Co. Confirms 10 New COVID-19 Cases For April 29, Remains Level 3

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 5,154 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 10 were reported Thursday. The county also remained at a Level 3 on the Public Health Advisory System.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on April 29, 2021.

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

There are 117 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 5,037 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 10,461 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 8,069 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m. A total of 36.53% 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 29, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for April 29, 2021. [ODH]
Athens County again remained at a Level 3 Public Health Emergency, according to this week’s Public Health Advisory map.

The county met two of the seven state indicators: new cases per capita and non-congregate cases. But it did not drop below the high incidence threshold of over 100 cases per 100,000 over a two-week period, keeping it at the Level 3 designation.

Nearby counties saw a change in their level including Vinton County moving from Level 2 to Level 1, Perry County from Level 3 to Level 2 and Meigs County moving up from Level 1 to Level 2.

The Public Health Advisory System map featuring Athens County data for April 29, 2021
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,070,771 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,786 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 56,272 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 29, 2021