One COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 207 new cases for July 16-28

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 146 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 16,597 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 207 additional cases were reported since last week’s update.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on July 28, 2022.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the death involved a person 80 or older.

The cases involved 35 people 20-29, 33 people 0-19, 30 people 40-49, 30 people 50-59, 28 people 60-69, 21 people 70-79, 16 people 80+ and 14 people 30-39.

One previously confirmed case required hospitalization for a person in their 60s. According to the data, 361 people in Athens County have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

There are 535 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 15,916 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 53.09% of the county has started the vaccination process and 49.53% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 17,991 first boosters and 4,086 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 July 28, 2022
An age breakdown of Athens Co. COVID-19 cases for July 28, 2022. [ODH]
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 29,876 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported since last week’s update. There were also 705 hospitalizations, 39 ICU admissions and 54 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 July 28, 2022