Four new deaths as new COVID cases continue to decrease


Staff Report



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

• Fulton County reported four new COVID-19 deaths early this week as new case numbers continue to fall. There were 27 new cases reported Monday and Tuesday, according to the health department. The reports cover the dates of Feb. 18-22.

This compares to 30 new cases over the same period the previous week and 473 five weeks ago.

The deaths include two people in their 60s and one person each in their 70s and 80 and older.

The new cases were fairly evenly spread among age groups, with highest amounts of 6 among those in their 20s and 5 among those in their 40s and those 19 and younger.

There have now been 172 COVID-19 deaths reported in Fulton County.

No new hospitalizations were reported early this week.

The total number of cases reported in Fulton County is now 10,246. In the county, positive cases have included 5,578 females and 4,617 males.

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

Counties in Ohio continue to drop below high community transmission, with counties as close as Ottawa and Sandusky now seeing only moderate 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 Tuesday, there had been a total of 2,647,048 COVID cases reported in Ohio. There were 1,369 new cases reported that day.

The daily average over the last three weeks is 2,864.

• In Fulton County, 52.52% 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 92.46%, according to Ohio Department of Health data.

Among the 75-79 age group, 88.29% have received a vaccination, with 87.37% of residents 80 and older getting a shot, according to Ohio data.

Among younger Fulton County residents, 20.64% of those 19 and under are vaccinated and 43.54% of those in their 20s.

In the county, 49.32% of residents have completed the vaccine. The highest age group is 70-74 at 86.53%.

• 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.

• The federal government is now offering free COVID-19 tests. Visit COVIDtest.gov to request a test.

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are free.

The tests that will be sent are rapid antigen at-home tests that give results within 30 minutes. They are not the more accurate PCR tests.

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