Athens County Confirms 22 Cases of COVID-19 For December 22

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 2,863 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 22 cases were confirmed Monday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on December 22.

An analysis of ODH data indicates cases include five people aged 20-29, one person aged 30-39, four people aged 40-49, seven people aged 50-59, three people aged 60-69, and two people aged 80 or older.

One person 80 or older had to be hospitalized. ODH indicates 116 people in the county have been hospitalization since the start of the pandemic.

There are 552 known active cases in the county as of Tuesday. There are 2,305 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department. There have been six deaths related to COVID-19 in the county.

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.

Age breakdown of Athens County COVID-19 cases for December 22, 2020. [ODH]
Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 637,032 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 7,678 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 35,594 hospitalizations and 8,252 reported 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