Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The number of new COVID-19 cases increased last week in Fulton County, according to the Fulton County Health Department. There were 36 new cases reported from April 29-May 5.
There were 26 new cases the previous week.
There was also one new hospitalization last week.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people was up from 80.7 to 142.4 as of Thursday. That is 18th highest out of 88 Ohio counties. The overall case rate in the state is 146.9 per 100,000 people.
Lucas County had a rate of 145.9 out of 100,000, which was up from the previous week. That was the 17th highest in the state.
Henry County was the 30th highest in the state at 118.5 per 100,000 and Williams 38th at 109. The highest in the state is Ashtabula County at 243.7 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Noble County with 20.8.
• Fulton County remained at low in the COVID-19 Community Levels that were introduced recently by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC does not recommend indoor mask wearing for most individuals in counties at low or medium.
Lucas, Williams, Henry, Defiance and Wood counties, and all other counties in Ohio, are also listed as low. Although, nearby Monroe County, Michigan is listed at medium.
At the low level, CDC recommendations include staying up to date with COVID vaccines and getting tested if you have symptoms. At the medium level, it is recommended that those at high risk for severe illness talk to a healthcare provider about whether they need to wear a mask or take other precautions.
COVID-19 Community Levels are a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.
County levels can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/.
• Fulton County now has had 10,396 overall reported cases as of Thursday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 180 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 102,610 total cases with 1,417 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are now reported only on Thursdays.
• Case numbers in Fulton County are again high enough to report case rates in the four largest zip codes. Case counts under five are not displayed to protect the privacy of individuals.
The Swanton zip code had 20 cases over the last two weeks for a case rate of 158 per 100,000. The Wauseon zip code had 18 cases for a rate of 135.9 per 100,000.
Delta had 12 cases for a rate of 139.8 and Archbold had 9 for a case rate of 136.2 per 100,000.
The Metamora, Fayette, and Lyons zip codes were all under five.
• COVID-19 vaccine is available for those 12 and older Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Fulton County Health Department, by appointment. Kids 5-11 years old can have appointments scheduled the first and third Thursdays of the month.
Call 419-337-0915 to make an appointment.
It is also available at the Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton, and Wauseon, the Swanton Kroger, and Wauseon Walmart.
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