One COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 155 new COVID-19 cases for June 17-23

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 144 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Thursday. The county also has now had had 15,716 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 155 additional cases were reported since last week’s update.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on June 23, 2022.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the death involved a person 80 or older. The death may happened during the two-week pause in COVID-related death reporting for June 9 and 16.

The cases involved 41 people 20-29, 23 people 40-49, 21 people 30-39, 20 people 0-19, 19 people 50-59, 15 people 60-69, 14 people 70-79 and two people 80+.

There are 389 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 15,183 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 52.81% of the county has started the vaccination process and 49.42% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 17,690 first boosters and 3,330 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 June 23, 2022.
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for June 23, 2022. [ODH]
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 16,159 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported since last week’s update. There were also 467 hospitalizations and 26 ICU admissions 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 Jun. 23, 2022