42 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Oct. 16-18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,695 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 42 new cases were reported Saturday through Monday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Oct. 18, 2021.

According to ODH data, the cases involved 11 people 20-29, 10 people 0-19, seven people 30-39, five people 40-49, three people 50-59, two people 60-69, two people 70-79 and two people 80+.

There are 464 known active cases in the county as of Monday and 7,159 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 47.89% of the county has started the vaccination process and 45.04% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 1,570 additional doses administered.

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 Oct. 18, 2021.

Monday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,499,485 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 2,810 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 77,390 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 Oct. 18, 2021