DeWine: COVID-19 impact on younger Ohioans increasing

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Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine

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

• Ohio Governor DeWine said Tuesday that COVID-19 is having an increased impact younger Ohioans and stressing hospitals statewide.

“The bottom line is that we’re seeing our highest levels ever of hospitalizations among those under 50 years old,” said DeWine. “Those who are getting very sick, being hospitalized, and dying of COVID are getting younger and younger. And it is because they are not vaccinated.”

On Tuesday, there were 459 newly-reported hospitalizations in the state, the highest number since January. The number of new COVID hospitalizations of those under 50 was the highest during of the entire pandemic during the week of Sept. 5, when Ohio hospitals admitted 398 patients under the age of 50.

During the most recently completed reporting week, which was Sept. 5-11, 230 Ohioans 39 and younger were admitted to the hospital, which is the highest number of admissions for COVID in this age group during the entire pandemic.

“If you are young and unvaccinated it’s now probably only a question of when, not if, you get COVID-19. When you get COVID-19 without the protection of a vaccine, there is a very real risk you’ll end up in the hospital or the obituary pages,” said Dr Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Department of Health. “The numbers really tell it all, COVID has changed and is now making younger Ohioans who are not vaccinated very sick. Don’t become a statistic when there is a simple, safe, and effective alternative. Go out today and get vaccinated.”

Around 97 percent of patients of all ages in Ohio hospitals Tuesday are unvaccinated, Ohio officials shared Tuesday

In July, 48 percent of COVID-19 deaths were among those 69 years old and younger. In August, preliminary data shows that an average of two people younger than 50 died of COVID-19 in Ohio every day. Last month, preliminary numbers showed 18 Ohioans 39 and younger died from COVID-19. This is compared to five people in that age range who died in June and two people in that age range who died in July.

• There were 146 new cases reported early this week by the Fulton County Health Department. On Monday, 108 new cases were reported for Sept. 17-20, and on Tuesday 38 new cases were reported for that day.

The highest number of new cases occurred in the 0-19 age and 60-69 age groups. There were 24 cases reported in each group.

There were also 20 new cases among those in their 30s and 19 among those in their 50s.

The total number of cases reported in Fulton County is now 5,275.

In the county, positive cases have included 2,883 females and 2,373 males. The case rate over the last two weeks jumped to 716.9 in Fulton County and 683.3 overall in Ohio.

There were also two new COVID deaths reported. One was in their 70s and the other was 80 or older.

Two new hospitalizations were reported on Tuesday, with one being an individual 60-69 years old and one being 19 or younger.

• The level of community transmission of coronavirus in Fulton County is listed as high by the Centers for Disease Control. The levels are low, moderate, substantial, then high.

All counties in Ohio are listed as high.

Indoor mask wearing is recommended in areas with substantial or high transmission.

More information on the CDC categories of community transmission risk can be found at

• In Fulton County, 46.05% of residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Wood County has the highest amount in the area, with 56.34%. In Williams County, 41.04% have received a vaccine, the lowest in the area.

• COVID-19 vaccine is available Mondays at the FCHD from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcomed.

Vaccine is also available at Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton and Wauseon, the Wauseon Walmart, and Swanton Kroger.

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