Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• One new COVID death was reported last week by the Fulton County Health Department, as the number of new cases dropped.
There were 44 new cases reported in Fulton County from Sept. 16-20, which is a decrease from 63 the previous week.
The largest number of cases among an age group was 10 among those in their 60s, while there was 9 cases among those 19 and under.
The death reported was a person in their 80s.
• Fulton County’s COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks was down, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Fulton County’s case rate per 100,000 people decreased from 294.4 to 204.1 as of Thursday. That is the 79th highest rate out of 88 Ohio counties.
The case rate in the state is 257.7 per 100,000 people.
Lucas County had a rate of 256.6 out of 100,000, which was down from the previous week. That was the 54th highest in the state.
Henry County was the 63rd highest in the state at 229.6 per 100,000 and Williams 13th highest at 365.2. The highest in the state is Meigs County at 571.9 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Holmes County with 116.
• Fulton County remained medium in the COVID-19 Community Levels by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC does not recommend indoor mask wearing in public for most individuals in medium counties.
Lucas, Williams and Defiance counties were also medium and Henry County was low.
At the medium level, CDC recommendations include staying up to date with COVID vaccines and getting tested if you have symptoms. At the high level, indoor mask wearing is recommended.
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 11,676 overall reported cases as of Thursday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 182 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 116,783 total cases with 1,455 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are reported only on Thursdays.
• The Swanton zip code had the highest number of COVID cases in Fulton County over the last two weeks, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
There were 33 cases in the Swanton zip code for a case rate of 260.6 per 100,000. That is a decrease but other zip codes have also dropped.
The Archbold zip code had a case rate of 211.8 per 100,000 with 14 new cases. The Wauseon zip code had 21 cases for a rate of 158.5.
The Delta zip code had 11 cases for a rate of 128.2 per 100,000.
The Lyons, Fayette, and Metamora zip codes were under five cases. 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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