Athens Co. Confirms 4 New COVID-19 Cases For May 15-17

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 5,208 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four were reported for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on May 17, 2021.

There are 53 known active cases in the county as of Monday and 5,155 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 11,095 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 9,607 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m. A total of 38.67% 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.

Monday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,091,623 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 729 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 58,049 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 17, 2021