Athens Co. Adds One Death Related To COVID-19, No New Cases For May 18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 59 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Tuesday. The county also remained at 5,208 total cases of COVID-19 after no new cases were reported the same day.

Analysis of ODH data did not immediately indicate how old the person who died was.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the news on May 18, 2021.

An additional case required hospitalization. According to the data, 206 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 46 known active cases in the county as of Tuesday and 5,162 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 11,101 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 9,695 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m. A total of 38.77% of the county has started the vaccination process and 35.01% has completed it, 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.

Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,089,357 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,014 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 57,914 hospitalizations and 19,528 deaths 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 18, 2021