Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• Fulton County’s COVID-19 case rate increased once again, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people was up from 208.9 to 263.5 as of Thursday. That is 33rd highest out of 88 Ohio counties. The overall case rate in the state is 291.1 per 100,000 people.
Lucas County had a rate of 382.9 out of 100,000, which was slightly down from the previous week. That was the 6th highest in the state.
Henry County was the 21st highest in the state at 292.5 per 100,000 and Williams 55th at 190.8. The highest in the state is Lorain County at 436.4 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Holmes County with 59.1.
• The weekly report from the Fulton County Health Department was released after press time due to the newspaper’s early Memorial Day holiday deadline.
• Fulton County stayed at 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.
Lucas and Wood counties have now joined the Detroit area with high designations.
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.
The CDC recommends indoor mask wearing in public when the level is high.
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 10,552 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 105,490 total cases with 1,422 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are now reported only on Thursdays.
• The three most populous zip codes in Fulton County are now all over 200 cases per 100,000 people.
The Swanton zip code had 46 cases over the last two weeks for a case rate of 363.3 per 100,000. The Wauseon zip code had 41 cases for a rate of 309.5 per 100,000.
Delta had 20 cases for a rate of 233 and Archbold had 9 for a case rate of 136.2 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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