70 new COVID-19 cases reported in Athens County from Dec. 16-22

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 19,182 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 70 additional cases were reported since last week’s update.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Dec. 22, 2022.

According to ODH data, the cases involved 21 people 60-69, 10 people 30-39, 10 people 50-59, nine people 20-29, eight people 0-19, six people 70-79, three people 40-49 and three people80+.

There are 203 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 18,824 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 54.06% of the county has started the vaccination process and 50.40% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 19,206 first boosters and 8,970 second boosters and 8,544 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 Dec. 22, 2022
An age breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Athens County for Dec. 22, 2022. [ODH]
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 17,891 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported since last week’s update. There were also 666 hospitalizations, 47 ICU admissions and 93 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 Dec. 22, 2022