Ohio case rate heading in wrong direction


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Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:

• Last week is the second week where the cases over two weeks per 100,000 people have gone up by more than 10, according to Governor Mike DeWine. Two weeks ago, Ohio’s cases per 100,000 people were 146.9. As of Thursday, the case rate per 100,000 people is at 183.7.

“We are moving in the wrong direction from our statewide goal of 50 cases per 100,000 people,” said DeWine. “We are not seeing the runaway case growth we saw during the fall yet, so we can still turn this around if more people continue to get vaccinated and we continue to mask and social distance.”

The increases in case rates are reflected in the most recent Ohio Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health shows case increases in 53 counties over the previous week.

According to Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio and the nation are enduring another wave of COVID-19 due to variants of the original virus that are more contagious and more deadly. Variant counts in Ohio jumped from 92 on March 12 to 797 today, a doubling time of about every 9-10 days.

• Fulton County remained at Alert Level 2 in Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System update on Thursday.

It remains at a high incidence level for COVID-19. The most recent case rate is 159.05 per 100,000 from March 24 to April 6. It has previously dipped below 100.

The county met two indicators: new cases per capita and proportion of non-congregate cases.

Lucas County remained at Alert Level 3. It increased from four to five indicators met. They are new cases per capita, new case increase, emergency room visit increase, hospital admission increase, and proportion of non-congregate cases.

It had the second highest case rate in the state at 299.99 per 100,000. Hancock County was the highest at 336.5.

• Fulton County’s cases increased to 4,025 as of Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The number of deaths reported increased by one to 65. The total number of hospitalizations increased by 5 to 216 as of Sunday.

The Fulton County Health Department’s last update was Friday, and included 36 confirmed active cases, 2 fewer than the previous week.

Lucas County has had 39,120 cases, as of Sunday, according to the county health department. There have been a total of 799 deaths reported in the county.

There were 1,039,455 cases reported overall in Ohio, as of Sunday. Statewide, there had been 54,078 hospitalizations and 7,531 intensive care unit admissions related to the disease.

There have been 18,827 Ohio residents reported dead from COVID-19.

• According to the Ohio Department of Health, 13,772 Fulton County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That accounts for 32.69% of the population.

• In Lucas County, 34.61% have received at least one dose, with 40.21% in Wood County, 36.35% in Henry County, 29.62% in Williams County, and 32.34% in Defiance County.

Visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to call 1-833-427-5634 to schedule an appointment.

• Although COVID-19 has historically affected older Ohioans, children are not immune to getting sick with coronavirus, and in some rare cases kids can develop multi-system inflammatory syndrome. Since the start of the pandemic, 166 children have been treated for this syndrome, according to Ohio officials.

Dr. Dustin Fleck, chief of rheumatology at Dayton Children’s Hospital, said this syndrome is unique because it is not associated with an active COVID infection. Rather, symptoms usually develop 2-4 weeks after a child has a symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID infection.

The syndrome is characterized by fever and inflammation throughout the body, specifically targeting the heart. The syndrome can also target the gastrointestinal system, liver, lungs, kidneys, and brain. Parents should look for symptoms of abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, swelling of hands and feet, and redness of eyes.

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