COVID-19 cases surge in Fulton County, statewide

Staff Report

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

• The number of new COVID-19 cases surged in Fulton County last week. There were 380 new cases from Dec. 31 – Jan. 6, according to the Fulton County Health Department.

There were 184 cases the previous week.

Fulton County also had its highest single day of new cases, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Prior to the latest surge, the highest date for new cases was Nov. 30, 2020 with 62.

That was surpassed on Dec. 30 with 64 new cases. That number was blown past on Jan. 4 with 94 new cases. The latest numbers are preliminary figures.

The increase in cases pushed Fulton County’s case per capita to 1,224.9. That is the 53rd highest in Ohio, which has an overall rate of 1,818.8 per capita.

The number of active cases in Fulton County ballooned to 429.

Last week, there were also 6 new deaths and 3 new hospitalizations in the county.

• With case numbers surging in Ohio mass testing for COVID-19 is now underway in Maumee. The Lucas County Recreation Center on Key Street is hosting the testing through Jan. 14, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Testing is available for individuals ages 2 and up.

Register for testing in Maumee by visiting

Masks must be worn inside the testing site. If Lucas County is at a Level 3 snow emergency, appointments will be canceled.

Results will be provided in 72 hours. Rapid tests are not available at the site.

• Fulton County has had 8,509 overall cases as of Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 142 deaths reported in the county.

In Lucas County, there have been 79,187 total cases with 1,130 deaths, according to the health department.

• The Fulton County Health Department advised that there may be a delay in receiving a contact tracing call for those testing positive recently. That is due to the large volume of cases.

• Case rates jumped over 1,500 per 100,000 people in both the Swanton and Wauseon zip codes over the last two weeks.

The Wauseon zip code had the highest case rate in Fulton County at 1,623 per 100,000 with a case count of 215. The Swanton zip code had a case count of 191 with a rate of 1,508.5.

Archbold’s zip code had a case rate of 1,422.3 and 94 cases over the last two weeks. The Delta zip code’s case rate was 1,165.2 over the last two weeks, with 100 cases reported.

Over the two weeks there were 32 cases in Fayette, 10 cases in Lyons, and 10 in Metamora.

• In Fulton County, over half of residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. As of Sunday, 21,687 people, or 51.48% of residents, have at least started the vaccine.

About 48% in the county have completed the vaccination.

In Lucas County, 58.96% of residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That number is 54.89% in Henry County and 45.85% in Williams.

Delaware County has the highest rate in the state at 75.81%.

• COVID-19 vaccine is available Mondays at the Fulton County Health Department. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the last two hours for kids 5-11 years old.

Appointments are preferred.

It is also available at the Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton, and Wauseon, the Swanton Kroger, and Wauseon Walmart.

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