Athens Co. Confirms 6 New COVID-19 Cases For April 22

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 5,098 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after six were reported Thursday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the new cases on April 22, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the new cases involved five people 0-19 and one person 20-29.

There are 142 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 4,956 recovered cases, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.

The department also announced it has now administered 10,267 total first COVID-19 vaccine doses and 7,488 total second COVID-19 vaccine doses through its clinic at Ohio University Heritage Hall as of 2 p.m. A total of 35.52% 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 Co. COVID-19 cases for April 22, 2021
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for April 22, 2021. [ODH]
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,060,119 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 1,724 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 55,446 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 April 22, 2021