83 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for May 6-12

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 14,852 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 83 additional cases were reported since last week’s update.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on May 12.

According to ODH data, the cases involved 18 people 20-29, 16 people 0-19, 13 people 40-49, 12 people 30-39, 10 people 50-59, nine people 60-69 and five people 70-79.

A previously confirmed case required hospitalization for a person in their 20s. According to the data, 346 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 212 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 14,498 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 52.78% of the county has started the vaccination process and 49.35% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 17,325 first boosters and 2,155 second boosters 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 May 12, 2022.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for May 12, 2022. [ODH]
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 15,970 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported since last week’s update. There were also 353 hospitalizations, 36 ICU admissions and 57 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 May 12, 2022