Athens Co. Confirms 19 New COVID-19 Cases For Aug. 18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 5,398 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 19 new cases were reported for Wednesday.

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

According to ODH data, the cases involved six people 0-19, five people 40-49, three people 30-39, two people 20-29, one person 50-59, one person 60-69 and one person 70-79.

There are 118 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday and 5,220 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 44.03% of the county has started the vaccination process and 41.27% 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 County COVID-19 cases for Aug. 18, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens County COVID-19 cases for Aug. 18, 2021. [ODH]
Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,168,111 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 3,303 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 63,745 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 Aug. 18, 2021.