Fulton County has state’s 11th highest COVID case rate

Staff Report

Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:

• Governor Mike DeWine said Thursday that although only one county in Ohio is now at Purple Level 4 on the state’s public health advisory systems that does not indicate the situation is improving.

DeWine cautioned that a decrease from Level 4 to Level 3 does not indicate that the situation in these counties is getting better, but rather that healthcare indicators, such as hospitalizations, are plateauing at a very critical level.

“Red and purple are not all that different,” DeWine said. “They both mean that a county has a very high level of cases and a very high level of COVID activity in the healthcare system. Purple simply indicates counties where things are worsening noticeably, but red counties are also at very worrisome and unsustainable levels.”

Richland County is at Level 4. Medina, Portage, Stark, and Summit counties moved down to Level 3.

Fulton County remained at a Level 3 public emergency for COVID-19 with the latest update on Thursday.

The number of indicators met in the county remained at four. They are new cases per capita, new cases increase, outpatient visits, proportion of non-congregate cases.

Alert Level 3 (Red) indicates a very high exposure and spread within the county. According to Thursday’s updated Ohio Public Health Advisory System map, all but four of the state’s 88 counties are currently rated as at least a very high risk of exposure and spread (Red Level 3).

Fulton County had a case rate of 1,020.7 per 100,000 from Dec. 2-15, the 11th highest in the state. Wyandot County was the highest in Ohio, with 1,318.2 per 100,000.

Lucas County had a case rate of 812.7 per 100,000 and met two indicators. Indicators met were new cases increase and new cases per capita.

• Fulton County’s COVID-19 cases, climbed from 2,039 on Dec. 12 to 2,359, as of Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The Fulton County Health Department’s last update was Friday, and included 142 confirmed active cases, 48 fewer than the previous 287 cases the county health department reported through Friday, there were 1,276 females and 1,007 males.

Five additional COVID-19 deaths were reported in Fulton County over the last week. The total stands at 37, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The total number of hospitalizations increased to 129 as of Sunday.

Lucas County has had 23,166 cases, as of Sunday, according to the state health department. There have been a total of 504 deaths reported in the county.

There were 622,806 cases reported overall in Ohio, as of Sunday. Statewide, there had been 747 hospitalizations and 5,500 intensive care unit admissions related to the disease.

There are 7,364 confirmed COVID-19 deaths statewide, with 683 more probable COVID-19 deaths.

• Wauseon, Archbold, and Metamora have each had case counts over 1,000 per 100,000 people over the last two weeks, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

There have been 157 new COVID-19 cases in the Wauseon zip code over the last two weeks, according to the Ohio Department of Health. That is a rate of 1,185.2 cases per 100,000 people.

Archbold was 1,074.3 per 100,000 with 71 cases reported, and Metamora 1,030.9 with 14 cases reported.

There were 88 new cases reported in the Swanton zip code for a case rate of 695 per 100,000. Delta had 63 new cases and a rate of 734.1 The lowest case rate in Fulton County over the time period was in Lyons, at 352.5 per 100,000.

Ohioans can view data from their local communities and filter data by probable or confirmed case status, county, a specific zip code or a specific time period. The zip code dashboard can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

• The Fulton County Senior Center and Wauseon Rotary Club announced that the 2020 Annual Community Christmas Meal is canceled.

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