Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• Fulton County’s COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks was up, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people increased from 391.7 to 446.3 as of Thursday. That is the 27th highest rate out of 88 Ohio counties. A few weeks ago, Fulton County was among the lowest in the state.
The case rate in the state is 361.4 per 100,000 people.
Lucas County had a rate of 325 out of 100,000, which was similar to the previous week. That was the 66th highest in the state.
Henry County was the 10th highest in the state at 618.4 per 100,000 and Williams 5th highest at 695.0. The highest in the state is Jackson County at 1,005.8 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Holmes County with 204.7.
• There were 104 new cases reported in Fulton County from Aug. 19-26, an increase from 95 the previous week.
The largest number of cases among an age group was 21 among those 19 and under, while there were 20 cases among those in their 20s.
The health department reported four new hospitalizations, two individuals in their 60s, one in their 70s and one 80 or older.
• Fulton County increased from medium to high in the COVID-19 Community Levels by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC does not recommend indoor mask wearing in public for most invidiuals in medium counties.
Lucas County was medium, while Williams, Henry and Defiance counties were also high.
At the medium level, CDC recommendations include staying up to date with COVID vaccines and getting tested if you have symptoms. At the high level, indoor mask wearing is recommended.
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 11,384 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 113,800 total cases with 1,446 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are reported only on Thursdays.
• Zip codes in the western half of Fulton County have the highest case rates over the last two weeks. The Archbold and Wauseon zip codes had the highest case rates in Fulton County over the last two weeks, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
The Archbold zip code had a case rate of 635.5 per 100,000 with 42 new cases. The Wauseon zip code had 69 cases for a rate of 520.9.
The Swanton zip code had 44 cases over the last two weeks for a case rate of 347.5 per 100,000. The Delta zip code had 29 cases for a rate of 337.9 per 100,000. There were 5 cases in the Metamora zip code for a rate of 368.2 per 100,000.
Fayette’s case rate was 218.8 per 100,000 with 6 cases.
The Lyons and Metamora 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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