Athens Co. Confirms Two New COVID-19 Cases For May 5, One Removed

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 5,181 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after two were reported Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on May 5, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the new cases involved a person 50-59 and a person 70-79. A previously confirmed case in the 40-49 range was removed from the data.

There are 102 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday and 5,080 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

A total of 37.09% 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 May 5, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for May 5, 2021. [ODH]
Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,078,734 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,450 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 56,991 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 May 5, 2021