Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The number of new COVID-19 cases was up slightly in Fulton County last week, according to the Fulton County Health Department. There were 46 new cases reported in Fulton County from Sept. 23-29, which is up from 44 the previous week.
The largest number of cases among an age group was 12 among those 19 years old and under.
• 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 204.1 to 187.5 as of Thursday. That is the 58th highest rate out of 88 Ohio counties.
The case rate in the state is 194.7 per 100,000 people, which is also a decrease.
Lucas County had a rate of 178.8 out of 100,000, which was down from the previous week. That was the 65th highest in the state.
Henry County was the 75th highest in the state at 155.5 per 100,000 and Williams 7th highest at 324.3. The highest in the state is Pike County at 421.3 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Holmes County with 68.2.
• 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 and William counties were also medium while Henry and Defiance 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 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 11,722 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 117,411 total cases with 1,459 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are reported only on Thursdays.
• Most Fulton County zip codes are under 200 COVID cases per 100,000 over the last two weeks, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
There were 5 cases in the Lyons zip code for a case rate of 293.8 per 100,000. The Delta zip code had 20 cases for a rate of 233 per 100,000.
The Swanton zip code had 14 cases for a rate of 189.5.
The Archbold zip code had a case rate of 181.6 per 100,000 with 12 new cases. The Wauseon zip code had 19 cases for a rate of 143.4.
The 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 6 months to 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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