Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• There were 162 new COVID cases reported last week by the Fulton County Health Department. That is down from 199 new cases the previous week. The rate has now dropped in consecutive weeks.
As of Friday, there were 161 active cases in the county, which is down from 246 the previous Friday.
The week also saw 5 new hospitalizations and 4 new deaths.
Fulton County’s case rate fell to 629.1 per 100,000 over the previous two weeks but is still higher than the state as a whole. Overall for Ohio, the rate was 560.5.
• Fulton County has had 5,790 overall cases as of Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 89 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 54,427 total cases with 886 deaths, according to the health department.
• The Fayette zip code has the highest case rate in Fulton County over the last two weeks. There were 25 cases, for a rate of 911.7 per 100,000.
The Metamora zip code had 11 cases and a rate of 810, Lyons 11 cases and a rate of 643.3, Delta zip code had 55 cases and a case rate of 640.9, Wauseon 83 and 626.6, Swanton 65 and 513.3, and Archbold 28 cases and rate of 423.7.
• The Ohio Vax-2-School portal at www.ohiovax2school.com opened on Oct. 4 and remains open for registration. Any Ohioan in the eligible age group, currently 12-25, can choose to enter after receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to vaccinations received at any point since the COVID-19 vaccines have been available.
“We are hopeful this scholarship program will help lead to an increase in vaccinations for Ohio’s adolescents and young adults, and help ensure our youngest Ohioans are protected against COVID-19, which continues to threaten the health and safety of all Ohioans,” Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA, said. “For parents of adolescents ages 12 to 17, now is the time to talk to your pediatrician or pharmacist to get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines.”
A deadline to enter has not yet been announced. The dates of the scholarship drawings, and when the winners will be announced, are also yet to be determined.
• In Fulton County, 46.89% of residents have started the COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday.
• COVID-19 vaccine is available Mondays at the Fulton County Health Department from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcomed.
It is also available at the Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton, and Wauseon, the Swanton Kroger, and Wauseon Walmart.
• The CDC released guidance advising communities with substantial and high risk of transmission to be more diligent at controlling the spread of this disease. Fulton County is currently at high risk of community transmission.
More information on the CDC categories of community transmission risk can be found at covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
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