Two COVID-related deaths have been reported in Athens County, along with 46 new cases for March 18-24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 137 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after two were added to the total Thursday. The county also has now had 14,471 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 46 new cases were added since last week’s update.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on March 24, 2022.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the deaths involved a person in their 70s and a person 80 or older.

According to ODH data, the cases involved 13 people 0-19, nine people 20-29, seven people 30-39, six people 60-69, four people 40-49, four people 50-59, two people 80+ and one person 70-79.

There are 118 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 14,216 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 53.64% of the county has started the vaccination process and 50.13% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 17,343 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 24, 2022
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for March 24, 2022. [ODH]
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 3,668 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported since last week’s update. There were also 193 hospitalizations, 18 ICU admissions and 185 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 24, 2022