Three COVID-related deaths have been reported in Athens County, along with 25 new cases for Oct. 22

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 79 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after three were added to the total Friday. The county also has now had 7,761 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 25 new cases were reported for the same day.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the deaths and cases on Oct. 22, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the deaths involved two people in their 70s and a person 80 or older.

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

An additional case required hospitalization involving a person 80 years or older. According to the data, 270 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 402 known active cases in the county as of Friday and 7,280 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 48.09% of the county has started the vaccination process and 45.22% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 1,702 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. 22, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Oct. 22, 2021. [ODH]
Friday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,515,838 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 4,078 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 78,488 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. 22, 2021