68 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens county from May 19-26

By: Kaitlin Thorne

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has had a total of 15,017 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, after reporting 94 more cases since last week’s update.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on May 26.

According to ODH data, the cases involved 15 people 0-19, 11 people 20-29, 13 people 30-39, nine people 40-49, seven people 50-59, eight people 60-69, four people between 70 and 79 involved one person 80 or older.

According to the data, since the beginning of the pandemic, 347 people in Athens county have been hospitalized due to complications related to this coronavirus.

The county has 348 known active cases and 14,669 cured cases as of Thursday, according to the ODH.

According to the ODH, a total of 52.82% of the county have started the vaccination process and 49.38% have completed it. 17,428 first boosters and 2,647 second boosters were also administered.

Those with respiratory symptoms are asked to call their GP, emergency care or emergency room before coming for treatment to let them know they think they have symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus.

An age breakdown of Athens Co.’s COVID-19 cases for May 26, 2022. [ODH]

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health announced that 19,536 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 had been reported statewide since last week’s update. During the same period, 473 hospital admissions, 32 ICU admissions and 40 deaths were also reported.

ODH gives the following recommendations to protect yourself against diseases:

  • Washing hands frequently 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 not available.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or cuff when you sneeze or cough. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.

Ohio’s coronavirus call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to answer questions. The hotline number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634. Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for more information.


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