Athens Co. Confirms 3 New COVID-19 Cases, Removes 1 For Aug. 5

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 5,293 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after three new cases were reported Thursday and one previously confirmed case was removed from the data.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the news on Aug. 5, 2021.

According to ODH data, the cases involved a person 0-19, a person 20-20 and a person 30-39. A previously confirmed case in the 50-59 category was removed from the data.

An additional case involving a person in their 70s required hospitalization. According to the data, 213 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 38 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 5,195 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 43.17% of the county has started the vaccination process and 40.79% 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.

An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Aug. 5, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Aug. 5, 2021. [ODH]
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,136,934 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,969 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 62,318 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 data for Aug. 5, 2021