Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:
• One new COVID-19 death was reported last week by the Fulton County Health Department. The individual was 80 years old or older.
The number of new COVID-19 cases fell in Fulton County last week, according to the Fulton County Health Department. There were 21 new cases reported in Fulton County from Nov. 18 – Nov. 24, down from 31 the previous week.
There were no new hospitalizations 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 168.5 to 116.3 as of Thursday. That is the 74th highest rate out of 88 Ohio counties.
The case rate in the state is 159.9 per 100,000 people, which was a slight increase.
Lucas County had a rate of 131.7 out of 100,000, which was up from the previous week. That was the 62nd highest in the state.
Williams County was the second highest in the state at 294.3. Henry County was the sixth highest in the state at 207.4 per 100,000. The lowest in Ohio is Holmes County with 20.5.
• All but one zip code in Fulton County had a case rate of under 100 per 100,000 people over the last two weeks. The Metamora zip code had a case rate of 368.2 with 5 cases reported, according to Ohio Department of Health data.
The Wauseon zip code has a rate of 98.1 with 13 cases. In the Swanton zip code there were 12 cases for a rate of 94.8.
The Lyons, Delta, Archbold, and Fayette zip codes were under five cases. Case counts under five are not displayed to protect the privacy of individuals.
• Fulton County increased to medium in the COVID-19 Community Levels by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC information showed an uptick in recent hospital admissions.
The CDC does not recommend indoor mask wearing in public for most individuals in low or medium counties.
Lucas, Williams and Henry counties also increased to medium. Defiance 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 11,982 overall reported cases as of Thursday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 183 deaths reported in the county.
In Lucas County, there have been 120,486 total cases with 1,481 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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