Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The number of new COVID-19 cases remained low in Fulton County last week, according to the Fulton County Health Department. There were six new cases from March 25-31. Two were people 80 years or older, two were people in their 60s, with one case in their 40s and one in their 70s.
There was 1 new case the previous week.
There was also one new death last week.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people was up slightly from 16.6 to 19 as of Thursday. That is among the lowest in Ohio, at 78th highest out of 88 counties. The overall case rate in the state is 37.2 per 100,000 people.
Lucas County had a rate of 36.4 out of 100,000, which was down slightly from the previous week. That was the 34th highest in the state. Henry County is 69th at 22.2 and Williams is 37th at 35.4. The highest in the state is Hocking County at 162.8 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Coshocton County with 5.5.
• 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 and all other counties in Ohio 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.
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/.
• Fulton County now has had 10,312 overall reported cases as of Thursday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 178 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 99,702 total cases with 1,401 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are now reported only on Thursdays.
• With new case numbers so low in Fulton County, case rates by zip code over the last two weeks are too low for the state to report. Case counts under five are not displayed to protect the privacy of individuals.
• COVID-19 vaccine is available for those 12 and older Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Fulton County Health Department, by appointment. Kids 5-11 years old can have appointments scheduled the first and third Thursdays of the month.
It is also available at the Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton, and Wauseon, the Swanton Kroger, and Wauseon Walmart.
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