Four COVID-related deaths have been reported in Athens County, along with 10 new cases for March 4

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 130 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four were added to the total Friday. The county also has now had 14,341 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 10 new cases were added and a previously confirmed case was removed the same day.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on March 4, 2022.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the deaths involved three people in their 70s and a person in their 60s.

According to ODH data, the cases involved three people 0-19, three people 20-29, two people 60-69, one person 30-39 and one person 40-49. One previously confirmed case in the 50-59 age range was removed from the data.

Two already confirmed cases required hospitalization for a person in their 40s and a person in their 60s. According to the data, 336 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 395 known active cases in the county as of Friday and 13,824 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 53.17% of the county has started the vaccination process and 49.61% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 17,017 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 March 4, 2022
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for March 4, 2022. [ODH]
Friday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 918 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported in the last 24 hours. There were also 65 hospitalizations, 4 ICU admissions and 196 deaths reported in the same time period.

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 March 4, 2022