Fulton County COVID cases increase again


Over 280 cases reported early this week

Staff Report



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

• Fulton County saw another increase in new COVID cases early this week, with 285 reported on Monday and Tuesday.

The Fulton County Health Department also reported four new COVID deaths early this week. There were two deaths in the 70-79 age range, one person in their 40s and one in their 60s.

There were 196 new cases reported by the Fulton County Health Department from Jan. 7-10 and 89 more new cases reported on Tuesday. This compares to 208 for those same days in the previous week.

The new cases were concentrated in the younger age groups. There were 61 among people in their 30s and 59 among people 0-19 years old.

There were just 4 new cases among those 80 and older, and 9 among those in their 70s.

Five new hospitalizations were reported, for a total of 443. Two were in their 40s, 1 in their 20s, 1 in their 70s and 1 80 years or older.

The total number of cases reported in Fulton County is now 8,647. The median age of COVID cases is 43.

In the county, positive cases have included 4,686 females and 3,926 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 99% 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.

• As of Monday, there had been a total of 2,226,881 COVID cases reported in Ohio. Over 19,600 cases were reported that day. The number of daily new cases has been similar in the 18,000-20,000 range since Jan. 3.

The daily average over the last three weeks is 17,103.

• Free at-home COVID test kits are available at the Fulton County Health Department and public libraries in the county, although they can be difficult to find.

Now, the health department is also offering non-proctored COVID-19 test kits. They cannot be used for official purposes such as travel.

• Due to the volume of cases, there may be a delay in getting a call for contact tracing among those that test positive for COVID-19. If you are past your 5 day isolation period, you may not receive a call at all, according to the county health department.

They are asking those that test positive to be patient and do their part by staying home, separating from others, sanitizing and cleaning appropriately and seeking medical care if needed.

• In Fulton County, 51.61% 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 91.93%, according to Ohio Department of Health data.

Among the 75-79 age group, 88% have been vaccinated, with 87% of residents 80 and older vaccinated, according to Ohio data.

Among younger Fulton County residents, 19.58% of those 19 and under are vaccinated and 42.21% of those in their 20s.

In the county, 48.11% of residents have completed the vaccine. The highest age group is 70-74 at 85.74%.

• 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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Over 280 cases reported early this week

Staff Report