54 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County from March 31 – April 6

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 20,173 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 54 additional cases were reported since last week’s update.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on April 6, 2023.

According to ODH data, the new cases cannot be accurately broken down this week because 35 total cases were reclassified as “unknown.”

An additional hospitalization was added, bringing the counties total to 380 since the beginning of the pandemic. But it is not immediately clear what age group the hospitalization is in because of the new “unknown” classification.

There are 136 known active cases in the county as of Thursday and 19,879 recovered cases, according to ODH.

A total of 54.18% of the county has started the vaccination process and 50.52% has completed it, according to ODH. There have also been 19,441 first boosters and 9,608 second boosters and 9,774 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 from April 6, 2023
An age breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Athens County from April 6, 2023. [ODH]
Thursday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health announced 5,214 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide were reported since last week’s update. There were also 353 hospitalizations, 25 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 April 6, 2023