Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• New cases of COVID-19 remained low in Fulton County last week. There were 30 new cases from Feb. 25 – March 3, according to the Fulton County Health Department.
There were 29 cases the previous week.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people dropped from 168.5 to 118.7 as of Thursday. That is the 43rd highest in Ohio, which has an overall rate of 104.7 per capita.
Lucas County is 74th out of 88 counties at 68.9 per 100,000, Henry County is 41st at 122.2 and Williams is 23rd at 149.9. The highest in the state is Lawrence County at 546.6 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Holmes County at 34.1.
The number of active cases in Fulton County fell from 41 to 27. It was 228 a month ago
Last week, there were also 3 new hospitalizations and 1 new death in the county.
• Fulton County now has had 10,291 overall reported cases as of Sunday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 174 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 99,058 total cases with 1,357 deaths, according to the health department.
• With new case numbers staying on the low side, case rates are now below 100 per 100,000 people in all but one Fulton County zip code over the last two weeks.
The Wauseon zip code had the highest case rate in Fulton County over the last two weeks at 120.8 per 100,000 with a case count of 16.
The Delta zip code was the next highest. It had a case count of 8 with a rate of 93.2.
Archbold’s zip code had a case rate of 75.7 and 5 cases over the last two weeks. The Swanton zip code’s case rate was 71.1 over the last two weeks, with 9 cases reported.
Over the last two weeks there were too few cases in Fayette, Metamora and Lyons for the state to report.
• Fulton County remains at medium in the COVID-19 Community Levels that were introduced recently by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC does not recommend indoor mask wearing for most individuals in counties at low or medium.
Lucas and Wood counties are also at the medium level. Williams, Defiance and Henry are listed as low.
At the medium level, it is recommended that those at high risk for severe illness talk to a healthcare provider about whether they need to wear a mask or take other precautions.
Ten of the state’s 88 counties are at the high levy and they are concentrated along the Ohio River.
COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.
County levels can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/.
• 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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