156 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 26

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 13,051 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 156 additional cases were reported Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 26, 2022.

According to ODH data, the cases involved 52 people 0-19, 43 people 20-29, 17 people 30-39, 17 people 40-49, 11 people 50-59, 11 people 60-69, three people 80+ and two people 70-79.

Officials with the department said Wednesday’s numbers are artificially inflated due to Monday’s processing error in reporting.

There are 3,311 known active cases in the county as of Wednesday and 9,633 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 52.79% of the county has started the vaccination process and 49.07% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 16,241 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. 26, 2022.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for Jan. 26, 2022. [ODH]
Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 20,752 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported in the last 24 hours. There were also 546 hospitalizations and 40 ICU admissions in 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. 26, 2022.