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 53 new cases reported from May 13-19.
The largest number of cases among an age group was 12 among 60-69 year olds.
There were 40 new cases the previous week.
There was also one new hospitalization last week. The person was 80 or older.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people was up from 170.9 to 208.9 as of Thursday. That is 26th highest out of 88 Ohio counties. The overall case rate in the state is 269 per 100,000 people.
Lucas County had a rate of 393.8 out of 100,000, which was up from the previous week. That was the 3rd highest in the state.
Henry County was the 38th highest in the state at 207.4 per 100,000 and Williams 34th at 209.9. The highest in the state is Ashtabula County at 483.3 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Holmes County with 38.7.
• Fulton County moved up to medium in the COVID-19 Community Levels by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC does not recommend indoor mask wearing for most individuals in counties at low or medium.
The northern tier of counties from Fulton County to the Pennsylvania border are now at least at a medium level. Lorain County and Ashtabula County are now at high, as are Monroe and Wayne counties in Michigan.
At the medium 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 to wear a mask on public transportation and if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19.
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 10,459 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 104,600 total cases with 1,419 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are now reported only on Thursdays.
• The four most populous zip codes in Fulton County are now all over 150 cases per 100,000 people.
The Swanton zip code had 36 cases over the last two weeks for a case rate of 284.3 per 100,000. The Wauseon zip code had 21 cases for a rate of 158.5 per 100,000.
Delta had 19 cases for a rate of 221.4 and Archbold had 10 for a case rate of 151.3 per 100,000.
The Metamora, Fayette, and Lyons zip codes were all under five. 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.
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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