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 the Fulton County Health Department. There were 35 new cases reported in Fulton County from Oct. 14-20, which is down from 29 the previous week.
For the period, 25 of the 35 cases were among those 50 years old and older.
There were also three new hospitalizations reported. Two of the hospitalizations were individuals 80 years or older and the other was in their 70s.
• 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 increased from 123.4 to 132.9 as of Thursday. That is the 55th highest rate out of 88 Ohio counties.
The case rate in the state is 150.7 per 100,000 people, which is also an increase.
Lucas County had a rate of 119.1 out of 100,000, which was down from the previous week. That was the 67th highest in the state.
Williams County was the highest in the state at 348.8. Henry County was the 82nd highest in the state at 100 per 100,000. The lowest in Ohio is Holmes County with 47.8.
• The number of new COVID cases in the Swanton zip code spiked over the last two weeks, according to Ohio Department of Health data. The 43558 zip code saw 32 cases for a rate of 252.7 per 100,000.
The other zip codes were all under 100 per 100,000.
The Archbold zip code has a rate of 90.8 with 6 cases. The Wauseon zip code had 12 cases for a rate of 90.6. In the Delta zip code, there were 6 cases over the last two weeks for a rate of 69.9 per 100,000.
The Fayette, Lyons and Metamora zip codes were under five cases. Case counts under five are not displayed to protect the privacy of individuals.
• Fulton County dropped to low 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, Henry, Williams and Defiance counties were also 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 11,818 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 118,910 total cases with 1,474 deaths, according to the health department.
Numbers are reported only on Thursdays.
• 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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