Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• Scholarship recipients from Ohio’s Vax-2-School program are being announced this week.
Each day from Monday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 3, 30 daily $10,000 scholarship winners will be announced at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Twitter and Instagram at ohiovax2school. Grand prize winners will be announced on Friday, Dec. 3 at approximately 7:29 p.m. during the Ohio Lottery broadcast.
Once someone in the eligible age group has received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, they can enter online at www.ohiovax2school.com or by phone at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). The first two deadlines have passed, but those entered by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. are eligible for the grand prize drawing.
Ohio Vax-2-School prizes include 150, $10,000 scholarships, and five, $100,000 grand prize scholarships. The Ohio Vax-2-School prize scholarships are awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage plans, and can be used at the Ohio college, university, technical/trade school, or career program of the winner’s choice.
• Fulton County had 235 new COVID cases last week, according to the latest numbers released by the Fulton County Health Department on Monday. The county has the eighth most cases per capita in the state.
The 781 per 100,000 over the last two weeks in Fulton County compares to 538 overall in Ohio. The county has the 10th most cases per capita in the state.
The 235 cases are up from 222 new cases the previous week. As of Friday, there were 280 active cases in the county, which is up from 238 the previous Friday.
The week also saw 4 new deaths and 11 new hospitalizations.
• Fulton County has had 6,963 overall cases as of Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 111 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 61,688 total cases with 1,017 deaths, according to the health department.
• Over the last two weeks, the Swanton zip code had the most cases in Fulton County, and the highest case rate.
In Swanton’s 43558 zip code, which also extends into Lucas County, there were 110 cases reported. That makes for a case rate of 868.7 per 100,000 people.
The Wauseon zip code had a case rate of 717.7 per 100,000 and 95 cases. The Delta zip code’s case rate was 699.1 over the last two weeks, with 60 cases reported.
The Archbold zip code had a case rate of 544.7 and 36 cases over the last two weeks.
Over the two weeks there were 14 cases in Fayette, 11 in Lyons, and 10 in Metamora.
• In Fulton County, 20,743 people, or 49.24% of residents, have at least started the COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday.
The 70-74 age group has the highest percentage of people vaccinated at 90.14%. Also, 86.6% of those 75-79 years old have been vaccinated as have 86.04% of Fulton County residents 80 years or older.
The lowest numbers are among younger county residents. About 39.16% of people in their 20s and 41.49% of people in their 30s are vaccinated.
The 19 and under age group is lower, but the majority are either not eligible for the vaccine or just recently became eligible. In that group 16.59% have received a COVID vaccination.
In Lucas County, 56.25% of residents have been vaccinated. That number is 52.68% in Henry County and 43.5% in Williams.
Delaware County has the highest rate in the state at 72.62%.
• COVID-19 vaccine is available Mondays at the Fulton County Health Department. It is also available at the Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton, and Wauseon, the Swanton Kroger, and Wauseon Walmart.
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