Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• Fulton County saw another relatively large weekly increase in COVID-19 cases as the total number climbed from 403 on Oct. 11 to 472 as of Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
There were also three additional deaths reported in the county, bringing the total to six. The total number of hospitalizations is now 36.
The Fulton County Health Department’s last update was Friday, and included 74 confirmed active cases, down from 100 the previous Friday.
Among the 451 cases the county health department reported through Friday, there were 283 females and 168 males.
Lucas County has had 7,854 cases and 371 deaths, as of Sunday, according to the county health department. The Swanton zip code in Lucas County was in the lowest range of cases, with somewhere between 1-104.
There were 181,787 cases overall in Ohio, as of Sunday. Statewide, there had been 17,061 hospitalizations and 3,547 intensive care unit admissions related to the disease.
There are 4,759 confirmed COVID-19 deaths statewide, with 308 more probable COVID-19 deaths.
• Fulton County remained at Level 2 in the Ohio Public Health Advisory update on Thursday.
The county met three of the seven indicators. The indicators met were new cases per capita, new cases increase, and the proportion of cases not in congregate settings.
Fulton County had a case rate of 189.9 per 100,000, dropping it outside of the top 10 highest rates in Ohio. Athens County had the highest at 398, while Putnam County was the highest in northwest Ohio with 336.7.
Lucas County increased to Red Alert Level 3 with the Thursday update. The four indicators met were new cases per capita, new cases increase, outpatient visits, and the proportion of cases not in congregate settings.
Lucas County had a rate of 79.8 per 100,000, putting it in the bottom quarter of Ohio counties.
Henry, Williams, Defiance, and Wood counties remained at Level 2.
The data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that 29 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread.
“We have 70 counties that are either red or high incidence. That’s 10 million Ohioans – or 85% of the population – living in an area with a high risk of community transmission,” Governor Mike DeWine said.
• Governor DeWine also announced the state’s positivity rate was 5.4%, and the seven-day average was 4.2%. This is up from September, when the positivity rate was 2.7%. He reported that, as of Thursday, Ohio had 1,042 COVID inpatients in hospitals, which is a significant increase from the 563 patients on Sept. 20.
DeWine spoke with Dr. Nick Dreher, medical director of the Population Health Innovation Institute at MetroHealth System, and Dr. David Margolius, division director of internal medicine at MetroHealth System, about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Ohio.
Dr. Margolius told Ohioans that if they are planning to spend time with family and friends, they need to do it safely, by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Dr. Dreher reminded Ohioans that they know how to fight the spread of COVID-19 and need to continue following the proper prevention methods to avoid stress on Ohio’s hospital systems.
“The only way, the only way we can beat this virus back is to follow the prevention methods we have been talking about since the beginning of the pandemic,” DeWine said. “Stay home when you are sick. Social distance. Wear a mask. Always.”
• Eight states are now included in Ohio’s travel advisory. Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Those states currently include South Dakota, Idaho, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Nevada, Indiana, and Wyoming.
• In Fulton County, the number of current cases at Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center is down to 11 residents and 9 staff members, according to the most recent update. Indian Meadows saw 17 current cases out of 19 total.
There have been three long-term care facility deaths in Fulton County out of six overall, according to the data.
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