39 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Dec. 28

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,960 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 39 new cases were reported for Tuesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Dec. 28, 2021.

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

There are 430 known active cases in the county as of Tuesday and 8,428 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 51.79% of the county has started the vaccination process and 48.32% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 13,290 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. 27, 2021. [ODH]
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Dec. 28, 2021. [ODH]
Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 1,955,403 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide after 8,092 cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

There have been 95,117 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