Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The number of new COVID-19 cases increased in Fulton County last week, according to the Fulton County Health Department. There were 41 new cases reported in Fulton County from Nov. 24 – Dec. 1, up from 21 the previous week.
There were no new hospitalizations reported.
• Fulton County’s COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks was down, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people increased slightly from 116.3 to 125.8 as of Thursday. That is the 82nd highest rate out of 88 Ohio counties.
The case rate in the state is 197.5 per 100,000 people, which was an increase.
Lucas County had a rate of 162 out of 100,000, which was up from the previous week. That was the 66th highest in the state.
Williams County was the second highest in the state at 308. Henry County was the 43rd highest in the state at 192.5 per 100,000. The lowest in Ohio is Holmes County with 36.4.
• All but one zip code in Fulton County had a case rate of under 100 per 100,000 people over the last two weeks. The Archbold zip code had a case rate of 196.7 with 13 cases reported, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
The Wauseon zip code has a rate of 98.1 with 13 cases. In the Swanton zip code there were 12 cases for a rate of 94.8. The Delta zip code had 6 cases for a rate of 69.9 per 100,000.
The Lyons, Metamora and Fayette zip codes were under five cases. Case counts under five are not displayed to protect the privacy of individuals.
• 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 in public for most individuals in low or medium counties.
Lucas County was also medium while Williams, Defiance and Henry 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 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 12,023 overall reported cases as of Thursday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 183 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 120,945 total cases with 1,484 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are reported only on Thursdays.
• COVID-19 vaccine is available for those 12 and older Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Fulton County Health Department, by appointment. Kids 6 months to 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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