Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• Fulton County saw a small increase in COVID cases early this week, with 160 reported on Monday and Tuesday.
There were 116 new cases reported by the Fulton County Health Department from Nov. 19-22 and 44 more new cases reported on Tuesday. This compares to 152 for those same days in the previous week.
People in their 50s accounted for 30 of the cases in the county, while 27 cases were reported in 19 and under age group.
Four new COVID-19 deaths were reported early this week by the Health Department. There have now been 111 deaths in the county.
Five new hospitalizations were reported, for a total of 374. Two of the people hospitalized were in their 70s, with the rest younger.
The total number of cases reported in Fulton County is now 6,870. The median age of COVID cases is 43.
In the county, positive cases have included 3,724 females and 3,122 males.
• 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, 48.96% 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 at 89.82%, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
Among the 75-79 age group, 86.6% have been vaccinated, with 85.87% of residents 80 and older vaccinated.
Among younger Fulton County residents, 16.18% of those 19 and under are vaccinated and 38.92% 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 51.5%.
Another 12.6 had an unknown vaccination status. That is either people who were vaccinated in another state or are not vaccinated.
For the week, 33.3% of new cases were from people fully vaccinated and 2.6% 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.
• Everyone ages 18 and older is now eligible for a COVID-19 booster.
If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine you may get a booster dose six months after you are fully vaccinated. If you received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine you can get a booster two months after you’re fully vaccinated.
“Following action by the CDC director, vaccine providers in Ohio can begin administering COVID-19 vaccine boosters to any fully vaccinated Ohioan 18 or older,” explained Ohio Department of Health Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA. “The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be incredibly effective. However, there is a natural tendency for immunity to wane over time, whether natural immunity or immunity from a vaccine, and many immunizations require at least one booster dose. When Ohio adults choose to get booster doses, it will keep their immunity from COVID-19 at peak performance.”
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