One COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 84 new cases for Sept. 23-29

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 152 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 18488 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 84 additional cases were reported since last week’s update.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Sept. 29, 2022.

Analysis of ODH data indicates the death involved a person in their 70s.

The cases involved 20 people 20-29, 17 people 0-19, 14 people 30-39, 10 people 50-59, 10 people 60-69, six people 70-79, five people 40-49 and two people 80+.

There are 406 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 17,930 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 53.46% of the county has started the vaccination process and 49.78% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 18,398 first boosters and 5,437 second boosters and  1,933 updated 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 COVID-19 cases in Athens County for Sept. 29, 2022
An age breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Athens County for Sept. 29, 2022. [ODH]
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 12,101 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported since last week’s update. There were also 432 hospitalizations, 22 ICU admissions and 89 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 Sept. 29, 2022