Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Swanton area:
• An Easter parade was planned, then called off by the Swanton Ministerial Association.
“We understand the nature of the health crisis and the rules that have been set in place to protect us all,” said a Facebook post from the association. “Our churches have supported these decisions to protect the public without question. Our intention in organizing a parade was to bring some joy to our town by publicly proclaiming what we believe.”
After going public with the event on Facebook, a number of people expressed concern and disapproval.
“As a result, in consultation with the mayor and the Fulton County Department of Health, we have determined that there are too many factors involved in this event that are beyond our control, namely the gathering of people along the parade route. Therefore, we are postponing this event until we are all confident it is safe to gather in public again,” the Facebook post continued.
• An online form originally for only Lucas County residents to report suspected symptoms of COVID-19 has been expanded to Fulton and Wood counties.
The form can be found at: toledolucascountyhealthdepartment.formstack.com/forms/covid19_tracking_form.
Completing the form will help health departments track suspected cases. If more COVID-19 tests are available, the survey can also be used to best determine how to distribute those tests to area communities.
• There were 515 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lucas County as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. There were 22 COVID-19 related fatalities.
The Swanton zip code had between 1-15 cases, according to the health department. Monclova, Waterville, and Whitehouse also had 1-15 confirmed cases.
Maumee, Holland, and Sylvania had 16-30 cases, while the Toledo 43615 zip code had the most, with 61-75.
As of Sunday, 11 first responders from the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department were in isolation and two more were in quarantine. Overall in Lucas County, 29 first responders were in isolation and 18 in quarantine.
• Fulton County had seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, according to the Fulton County Health Department.
There were 7,280 COVID-19 cases overall in Ohio, with 7,153 confirmed and 127 using the expanded CDC definition. Statewide there had been 2,156 hospitalizaitons and 624 intensive care unit admissions related to the disease.
• Evergreen Local Schools canceled sixth grade camp, which was scheduled May 5-8. Prom and the high school academic awards are postponed.
The graduation ceremony is scheduled for May 17.
“We feel the Class of 2020, their parents and guardians, and their families deserve a graduation ceremony,” Superintendent Eric Smola said in a letter to parents last week. “If the current stay-at-home order is extended beyond May 1, the alternative date for graduation will be Sunday, June 28, 2020. Additional dates beyond June 28 will be considered if necessary.”
• Metroparks remain open. Programs are canceled, and playgrounds and restrooms are closed.