Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The Fulton County Health Department reported seven new COVID deaths early this week. There were three deaths in both the 60-69 age range and 50-59 age range, two among residents in their 40s, and one each in the 20-29 year old and 80 plus age ranges.
Fulton County saw a decrease in new COVID cases early this week, with 120 reported on Monday and Tuesday.
There were 73 new cases reported by the Fulton County Health Department from Dec. 17-20 and 47 more new cases reported on Tuesday. This compares to 141 for those same days in the previous week.
People 19 years of age or younger accounted for 21 of the cases in the county, while 19 cases were reported in the 30-39 age group and 18 in the 20-29 age range.
Seven new hospitalizations were reported, for a total of 415. The age range of hospitalizations included two people in 40-49, 50-59, and 60-69 age ranges as well as one person in their 20s.
The total number of cases reported in Fulton County is now 7,732. The median age of COVID cases is 47.
In the county, positive cases have included 4,161 females and 3,540 males.
• 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 and about 80% nationwide have high community transmission.
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 covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
• In Fulton County, 50.27% of residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The age range with the highest percentage in the county is 70-74 years old at 91.1%, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
Among the 75-79 age group, 87.56% have been vaccinated, with 86.72% of residents 80 and older vaccinated, according to Ohio data.
Among younger Fulton County residents, 17.76% of those 19 and under are vaccinated and 40.58% of those in their 20s.
• Starting in January, COVID-19 vaccine is available Mondays at the FCHD from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The last two hours are for kids ages 5-11.
Vaccine is also available at Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton and Wauseon, the Wauseon Walmart, and Swanton Kroger.
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