22 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Dec. 15

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,613 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 22 new cases were reported for Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Dec. 15, 2021.

According to ODH data, the cases involved seven people 0-19, six people 30-39, three people 60-69, two people 20-29, two people 40-49, and two people 50-59.

According to the data, 307 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 355 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday and 8,142 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 51.42% of the county has started the vaccination process and 48.03% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 11,532 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 County COVID-19 cases for December 15, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens County COVID-19 cases for December 15, 2021. [ODH]
Wednesday  at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,807,539 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 10,588 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. This is a significant increase in the number of cases since Monday, and as noted in the graphic below it is the result of a laboratory reporting delay. Because of this delay, about 840 cases from testing dating back to March are included in Tuesday’s numbers.

There have been 90,409 hospitalizations  and 27,594 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. 15, 2021.