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

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,797 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 47 new cases were reported Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Dec. 22, 2021.

According to ODH data, the cases involved 19 people 0-19, 13 people 20-29, four people 30-39, four people 40-49, two people 60-69, two people 70-79, two people 80+ and one person 50-59.

An additional case required hospitalization involving a person in their 70s. According to the data, 316 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 398 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday and 8,297 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 51.71% of the county has started the vaccination process and 48.28% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 12,866 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. 22, 2021.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Dec. 22, 2021. [ODH]
Wednesday  at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,880,588 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 12,864 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There have been 93,794 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 Dec. 22, 2021