Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The number of new COVID-19 cases increased last week in Fulton County, according to the Fulton County Health Department. There were 40 new cases reported from May 6-12.
The largest number of cases among an age group was 10 among 0-19 year olds.
There were 36 new cases the previous week.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people was up from 142.4 to 170.9 as of Thursday. That is 25th highest out of 88 Ohio counties. The overall case rate in the state is 205.7 per 100,000 people.
Lucas County had a rate of 264.3 out of 100,000, which was up from the previous week. That was the 10th highest in the state.
Henry County was the 56th highest in the state at 114.8 per 100,000 and Williams 40th at 144.4. The highest in the state is Ashtabula County at 466.9 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Holmes County with 31.7.
• 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.
All counties in Ohio except Lawrence were also listed as low. Although, nearby Lenawee and Monroe County, Michigan are listed at medium.
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 10,436 overall reported cases as of Thursday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 180 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 103,434 total cases with 1,420 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are now reported only on Thursdays.
• Case numbers in Fulton County are again high enough to report case rates in the four largest zip codes. Case counts under five are not displayed to protect the privacy of individuals.
The Swanton zip code had 27 cases over the last two weeks for a case rate of 213.2 per 100,000. The Wauseon zip code had 15 cases for a rate of 113.2 per 100,000.
Delta had 18 cases for a rate of 209.7 and Archbold had 8 for a case rate of 121 per 100,000.
The Metamora, Fayette, and Lyons zip codes were all under five.
• 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.
Call 419-337-0915 to make an appointment.
It is also available at the Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton, and Wauseon, the Swanton Kroger, and Wauseon Walmart.
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