New COVID case count increases slightly as holiday nears


Staff Report



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 50 new cases reported in Fulton County from Nov. 2 – Dec. 8, up from 41 the previous week.

There was one hospitalization reported, an individual in their 70s.

• 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 was also up, going from 125.8 to 178 as of Thursday. That is the 75th highest rate out of 88 Ohio counties.

The case rate in the state is 232.5 per 100,000 people, which was an increase.

Lucas County had a rate of 198.2 out of 100,000, which was up from the previous week. That was the 68th highest in the state.

Williams County was the 20th highest in the state at 269.8. Henry County was the 56th highest in the state at 211.1 per 100,000. The lowest in Ohio is Holmes County with 40.9.

• Case rates were up for Fulton County zip codes over the last two weeks, according to Ohio Department of Health data.

The Archbold zip code has a rate of 242.1 with 16 cases. In the Fayette zip code there were 6 cases for a rate of 218.8. The Delta zip code had 15 cases for a rate of 174.8 per 100,000.

In the Swanton zip code there were 21 cases for a rate of 165.9. Wauseon had 14 cases for a rate of 105.7.

The Lyons and Metamora 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, Defiance and Henry counties were also medium while Williams County increased to 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 12,073 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 121,513 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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