328 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 16

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 11,817 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 328 additional cases were reported Sunday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 16, 2022.

According to ODH data, the cases involved 135 people 20-29, 133 people 0-19, 27 people 30-39, 14 people 40-49, 11 people 50-59, five people 60-69, two people 70-79 and a person 80+.

There are 2,861 known active cases in the county as of Sunday and 8,850 recovered cases, according to ODH.

Again, the high number of cases reported Sunday is attributed by ODH to a processing enhancement implemented late Thursday to expand the state’s capacity to process a higher volume of lab results, enabling the backlog to begin to clear and to better keep up with daily processing of positive test results.

A total of 52.56% of the county has started the vaccination process and 48.89% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 15,783 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. 16, 2022.
Sunday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 26,117 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported in the last 24 hours. There were also 125 hospitalizations and 10 ICU admissions.

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. 16, 2022