The 97th death has been reported in Athens County, along with 28 new cases for Dec. 3

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 97 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Friday. The county also has now had 8,380 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 28 new cases were added the same day.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the death and cases on Dec. 3, 2021.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the death involved a person in their 60s.

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

Additional cases required hospitalization involving a person in their 70s and a person 80 or older. According to the data, 296 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 297 known active cases in the county as of Friday and 7,986 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 50.78% of the county has started the vaccination process and 46.71% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 9,080 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 Dec. 3 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Dec. 3 2021. [ODH]
Friday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,717,876 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 9,584 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 87,504 hospitalizations and 26,851 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

Statewide coronavirus data for Dec. 3, 2021