Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• The number of new COVID-19 cases was down slightly in Fulton County last week, according to the Fulton County Health Department. There were 29 new cases reported in Fulton County from Oct. 7-13, which is down from 32 the previous week.
There was also one new hospitalization reported.
• 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 156.7 to 123.4 as of Thursday. That is the 60th highest rate out of 88 Ohio counties.
The case rate in the state is 138.8 per 100,000 people, which is also a decrease.
Lucas County had a rate of 122.8 out of 100,000, which was down from the previous week. That was the 61st highest in the state.
Henry County was the 79th highest in the state at 100 per 100,000 and Williams 16th highest at 174.4. The highest in the state is Union County at 269.5 cases per 100,000, while the lowest is Holmes County with 29.6.
• 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 County moved to high while Henry was medium and Williams 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 11,783 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 118,595 total cases with 1,470 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are reported only on Thursdays.
• All Fulton County zip codes are under 200 COVID cases per 100,000 over the last two weeks, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
The Archbold zip code had the highest rate at 151.3 with 10 cases. In the Delta zip code, there were 10 cases over the last two weeks for a rate of 116.5 per 100,000.
The Swanton zip code had 16 cases for a rate of 126.4. The Wauseon zip code had 15 cases for a rate of 113.2.
The Fayette, Lyons 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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