Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• Fulton County remained at low 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, Williams, Henry, Defiance and Wood counties are also listed as low.
At the low level, CDC recommendations include staying up to date with COVID vaccines and getting tested if you have symptoms. 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.
Most of the state’s 88 counties are at the low level and the ones that are not are concentrated in Southern Ohio.
COVID-19 Community Levels are a 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/.
• New cases of COVID-19 remained low in Fulton County last week, as the health department changed from daily to weekly reporting. There were 11 new cases from March 11-17, according to the Fulton County Health Department.
There were 16 cases the previous week.
Last week, there were also 2 new hospitalizations and 2 new deaths in the county.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people dropped from 83.1 to 45.1 as of Thursday. That is the 58th highest in Ohio, which has an overall rate of 49.4 per capita.
Lucas County had one of the lower rates in the state at 37.6 out of 100,000, which was 68th out of 88 counties. Henry County is 69 at 37.0 and Williams is 64th at 40.9. The highest in the state is Hocking County at 219.4 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Carroll County at 11.1.
• Fulton County now has had 10,305 overall reported cases as of Thursday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 177 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 99,438 total cases with 1,381 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are now reported only on Thursdays.
• With new case numbers staying on the low side, case rates are now below 65 per 100,000 people in all Fulton County zip codes over the last two weeks.
The Wauseon zip code had the highest case rate in Fulton County over the last two weeks and the only one that actually had enough cases to be reported by the Ohio Department of Health. The 43567 zip had 8 cases for a rate of 60.4 per 100,000.
Over the last two weeks there were too few cases in Swanton, Archbold, Delta, Fayette, Metamora and Lyons for the state to report. Case counts under five are not displayed to protect the privacy of individuals.
• 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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