Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The number of new COVID-19 cases were down slightly in Fulton County last week, according to data released by the Fulton County Health Department on Friday.
There were 63 new cases reported from July 22-28. There were 67 cases reported the week prior.
The largest number of cases among an age group was 13 among those in their 20s, while there were 11 cases among those in their 30s.
The health department also reported 4 new hospitalizations — a person 19 or younger, a person in their 60s, a person in their 70s and a person 80 years old or older.
• Fulton County’s COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks was up, but among the lowest in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people increased from 273.0 to 284.9 as of Thursday. That is the 83rd highest rate out of 88 Ohio counties. The case rate in the state is 438.5 per 100,000 people.
Lucas County had a rate of 292.1 out of 100,000, which was up from the previous week. That was the 82nd highest in the state.
Henry County was the 53rd highest in the state at 407.3 per 100,000 and Williams 63rd highest at 384.3. The highest in the state is Gallia County at 1,030.2 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Holmes County with 122.8.
• Fulton County remained at medium in the COVID-19 Community Levels by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC does not recommend indoor mask wearing for most individuals in counties at low or medium.
Lucas and Henry were also medium while Defiance and Williams counties were low.
At the medium 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 to wear a mask on public transportation and if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19.
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 11,019 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 110,680 total cases with 1,435 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are reported only on Thursdays.
• The zip codes in Fulton County with the highest case rates over the last two weeks were in the western part of the county, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
The Archbold zip code had a case rate of 272.4 per 100,000 with 18 new cases. Fayette’s case rate was 510.6 per 100,000 with 14 cases.
The Wauseon zip code had 28 cases for a rate of 211.4 per 100,000.
The Swanton zip code had 31 cases over the last two weeks for a case rate of 244.8 per 100,000. The Delta zip code had 17 cases for a rate of 198.1 per 100,000.
The Metamora and Lyons zip codes were under five cases. Case counts under five are not displayed to protect the privacy of individuals.
• 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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