COVID-19 case rate drops below 300 locally


Staff Report



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

• New cases of COVID-19 continue to fall in Fulton County. There were 47 new cases from Feb. 11-17, according to the Fulton County Health Department.

There were 74 cases the previous week and 181 the week before that.

The decrease in cases dropped Fulton County’s case rate per capita from 470 to 265.9. That is the 53rd highest in Ohio, which has an overall rate of 255.8 per capita.

Lucas County is 70th at 205.4 per capita, Henry County 41st at 311 and Williams is 16th at 468.7. The highest in the state is Lawrence County at 1,217, while the lowest is Cuyahoga County at 97.5.

The number of active cases in Fulton County fell from 89 to 68. It was 228 just two weeks ago.

Last week, there were also 3 new deaths and 2 new hospitalizations in the county.

• Fulton County now has had 10,235 overall reported cases as of Sunday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 169 deaths reported in the county.

In Lucas County, there have been 98,444 total cases with 1,307 deaths, according to the health department.

• Case rates are now below 400 per 100,000 people in all Fulton County zip codes over the last two weeks. A month ago several were over 2,000.

The Archbold zip code had the highest case rate in Fulton County over the last two weeks at 332.9 per 100,000 with a case count of 22. The Wauseon zip code had a case count of 33 with a rate of 249.1.

Swanton’s zip code had a case rate of 205.3 and 26 cases over the last two weeks. The Delta zip code’s case rate was 163.1 over the last two weeks, with 14 cases reported.

Over the last two weeks there were 8 cases in Fayette, and too few cases in Metamora and Lyons for the state to report.

• The level of community transmission of coronavirus in both Fulton County and Lucas County is listed as high by the Centers for Disease Control. The levels are low, moderate, substantial, then high.

Most counties in Ohio have high community transmission, although there are several east of Toledo listed as substantial. Holmes County is listed as moderate transmission, the lowest in the state.

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.

• 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.

A walk-in vaccine clinic will be offered at the Lucas County Rec Center, 2901 Key St. in Maumee, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• The Fulton County Health Department will no longer conduct widespread contact tracing for schools. The decision is due to an Ohio Department of Health recommendation and in collaboration with county schools.

On Jan. 26, Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health director, sent a memo to local health departments and school superintendents throughout the state notifying them of changes.

”The quick spread of the Omicron variant and its rapid clinical course have made universal contact tracing, case investigation and exposure notification impractical when combined with newly reduced timelines for quarantine and isolation,” he said in the memo.

In the memo, the Ohio Health Department recommended that local health departments shift from universal contact tracing, case investigation and exposure notification to a cluster or outbreak-based model.

It also said, schools may discontinue universal contact tracing but are expected to assist local health departments with contact tracing, case investigation and exposure notification related to outbreaks or clusters in schools as determined by the local health department.

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