Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The Ohio Vax-2-School registration deadlines are quickly approaching for Ohioans ages 5-25 to win one of 150, $10,000 scholarships, or one of five $100,000 grand prize scholarships. The first registration deadline is this weekend.
The deadlines are as follows: Sunday, Nov. 21 to be eligible for all drawings, Nov. 28 to be eligible for the second drawing and grand prize drawing, and Dec. 1 to be eligible for the grand prize drawing.
Ohioans ages 5-25, or their parents or guardians, can enter once they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at www.ohiovax2school.com or by phone at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
The Ohio Vax-2-School prize scholarships, awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage plans, can be used at the Ohio college, university, technical/trade school, or career program of the winner’s choice.
• Fulton County saw a small increase in COVID cases early this week, with 152 reported on Monday and Tuesday.
There were 99 new cases reported by the Fulton County Health Department from Nov. 12-15 and 53 more new cases reported on Tuesday. This compares to 146 for those same days in the previous week.
People in their 40s accounted for 26 of the cases in the county, while 25 cases were reported in both the 30s and 40s age groups.
One new COVID-19 death was reported early this week by the Health Department. There have now been 107 deaths in the county.
Eight new hospitalizations were reported, for a total of 365. Three of the eight were people 80 years or older.
The total number of cases reported in Fulton County is now 6,650. The median age of COVID cases is 43.
In the county, positive cases have included 3,600 females and 3,017 males. The case rate over the last two weeks was 771.5 in Fulton County and 410.5 overall in Ohio.
• The level of community transmission of coronavirus in Fulton County is listed as high by the Centers for Disease Control. The levels are low, moderate, substantial, then high.
Indoor mask wearing is recommended in areas with substantial or high transmission.
More information on the CDC categories of community transmission risk can be found at covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
• In Fulton County, 47.8% of residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The age range with the highest percentage in the county is 70-74 years old, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
Among the 75-79 age group, 85.87% have been vaccinated, with 85.01% of residents 80 and older vaccinated.
Among younger Fulton County residents, 13.98% of those 19 and under are vaccinated and 37.88% of those in their 20s.
• The Fulton County Health Department on Wednesday released the vaccination status of cases reported last week. The majority of new cases were among the unvaccinated, at 64%.
Another 7.3% had an unknown vaccination status. That is either people who were vaccinated in another state or are not vaccinated.
For the week, 27.4% of new cases were from people fully vaccinated and 1.3% partially vaccinated individuals.
• COVID-19 vaccine is available Mondays at the FCHD from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vaccine is also available at Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton and Wauseon, the Wauseon Walmart, and Swanton Kroger.
•The Fulton County Health Department will offer vaccine clinics for 5-11 year olds on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are required.
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