Athens Co. Confirms 2 New COVID-19 Cases For May 28

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has had 5,217 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after two new cases were reported Friday. A new death was also reported.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the news on May 28, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the new cases involved two people aged 70-79, and the new death was also a person aged 70-79.

There are 26 known active cases in the county as of Friday and 5,131 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 11,196 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 9,884 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m. A total of 40.32% 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 County COVID-19 cases for May 28, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens County COVID-19 cases for May 28, 2021. [ODH]
Friday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,100,972 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 660 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 59,093 hospitalizations and 19,861 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 28, 2021.