Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• After weeks of increases, Fulton County saw a decrease in new COVID cases early this week, with 258 reported on Monday and Tuesday. The reports cover the dates of Jan. 21-25.
This compares to 473 for those same days in the previous week.
The new cases were more prevalent in the younger age groups. There were 58 among people 19 and younger, 42 among those in their 40s and 35 among people in their 20s.
There were 14 new cases among those in their 70s and 11 among those 80 and older.
The Fulton County Health Department also reported 5 new COVID deaths early this week. The deaths include two people in their 70s, one in their 50s and one 80 or older.
There have now been 155 COVID-19 deaths reported in Fulton County.
Five new hospitalizations were reported early this week, for a total of 462. Two were in their 50s, 1 in their 20s, 1 in their 70s and 1 person 80 years or older.
The total number of cases reported in Fulton County is now 9,785. In the county, positive cases have included 5,318 females and 4,422 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.
All counties in Ohio and about 99% nationwide have high community transmission.
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.
• As of Tuesday, there had been a total of 2,520,112 COVID cases reported in Ohio. Only about 4,100 cases were reported that day due to an error.
The Ohio Department of Health reported an artificially low, incomplete COVID-19 reported case count caused by an electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) processing error.
Testing data from laboratories across the state is automatically submitted to ODH through an ELR system that feeds into the Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS). ODH received five incorrectly formatted ELR files from a long-term care facility around 5 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Every file submitted contained both valid lab results and invalid rows of data. The volume of invalid data rows caused a backlog in ODH’s ELR processing systems; this then delayed the processing of confirmed COVID-19 cases from other facilities in ODRS. Thus, no lab results have been processed since 5 p.m. on Jan. 24.
The daily average over the last three weeks is 20,335.
• In Fulton County, 52.15% 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 92.2%, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
Among the 75-79 age group, 88.14% have received a vaccination, with 87.31% of residents 80 and older getting a shot, according to Ohio data.
Among younger Fulton County residents, 20.23% of those 19 and under are vaccinated and 43.09% of those in their 20s.
In the county, 48.54% of residents have completed the vaccine. The highest age group is 70-74 at 86%.
• COVID-19 vaccine is available Mondays at the FCHD from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The last two hours are for kids ages 5-11.
Vaccine is also available at Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton and Wauseon, the Wauseon Walmart, and Swanton Kroger.
• The federal government is now offering free COVID-19 tests. Visit COVIDtest.gov to request a test.
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are free.
The tests that will be sent are rapid antigen at-home tests that give results within 30 minutes. They are not the more accurate PCR tests.
Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days, so it advised to order them soon so you have them when they are needed.
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