Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The number of new COVID-19 cases increased in Fulton County last week, according to data released by the Fulton County Health Department on Saturday.
There were 55 new cases reported from July 8-14. There were 35 cases reported the week prior.
The largest number of cases among an age group was 11 among those in their 20s, while there were 9 cases among those 60-69 years old.
The health department also reported 2 new hospitalizations. Those hospitalized were in their 60s and 80 or older.
• Fulton County’s COVID-19 case rate was also up, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people increased from 168.5 to 206.5 as of Thursday. That is the 7th lowest rate out of 88 Ohio counties. The case rate in the state is 334.1 per 100,000 people.
Lucas County had a rate of 233.5 out of 100,000, which was up from the previous week. That was the 73rd highest in the state.
Henry County was the fifth lowest in the state at 185.1 per 100,000 and Williams 62nd highest at 283.4. The highest in the state is Scioto County at 804.6 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Holmes County with 72.8.
• Fulton County moved back 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.
Lucas also moved back to medium while Defiance, Williams and Henry counties were low.
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 10,889 overall reported cases as of Thursday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 181 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 109,305 total cases with 1,431 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are reported only on Thursdays.
• Case rates were up for many zip codes in Fulton County over the last two weeks, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
The Archbold zip code had a case rate of 302.6 per 100,000 with 20 new cases. The Wauseon zip code had 26 cases for a rate of 196.3 per 100,000.
The Swanton zip code had 28 cases over the last two weeks for a case rate of 221.1 per 100,000. The Delta zip code had 14 cases for a rate of 163.1 per 100,000.
The Metamora, Fayette and Lyons zip codes were 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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