72 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 4

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 9,293 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 72 additional cases were reported Tuesday.
The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 4, 2022.
According to ODH data, the cases involved 18 people 0-19, 16 people 20-29, 13 people 30-39, 11 people 40-49, five people 50-59, five people 60-69 and four people 70-79.Two already confirmed cases required hospitalization for a person 70s and a person 80 or older. According to the data, 320 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.There are 612 known active cases in the county as of Tuesday and 8,577 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 52.04% of the county has started the vaccination process and 48.49% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 14,109 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 Jan. 4, 2022
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Jan. 4, 2022. [ODH]
Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 20,411 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported in the last 24 hours. There were also 708 hospitalizations, 57 ICU admissions and 227 death reported for the same time frame.

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 Jan. 4, 2022