New COVID case count increases, death reported in Fulton County


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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 and a new death was reported, according to the Fulton County Health Department. There were 59 new cases reported in Fulton County from Dec. 9-15, up from 50 the previous week.

The death reported was an individual in their 70s. There was also one new hospitalization reported, an individual 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 was up, going from 178 to 235 as of Thursday. That is the 45th highest rate out of 88 Ohio counties.

The case rate in the state is 249.6 per 100,000 people, which was an increase.

Lucas County had a rate of 237.4 out of 100,000, which was up from the previous week. That was the 43rd highest in the state.

Williams County was the 15th highest in the state at 316.1. Henry County was the 68th highest in the state at 203.7 per 100,000. The lowest in Ohio is Holmes County with 40.9.

• Case rates were up for most Fulton County zip codes over the last two weeks, according to Ohio Department of Health data.

The Archbold zip code was the only one that dropped. It had a a rate of 196.7 with 13 cases.

In the Fayette zip code there were 8 cases for a rate of 291.8. The Delta zip code had 20 cases for a rate of 233 per 100,000.

In the Swanton zip code there were 29 cases for a rate of 229. Wauseon had 22 cases for a rate of 166.1.

The Lyons and Metamora zip codes were under five cases. Case counts under five are not displayed to protect the privacy of individuals.

• Fulton County remained at 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 low or medium counties.

Lucas was also medium while Defiance, Williams and Henry counties dropped to 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 12,132 overall reported cases as of Thursday according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 184 deaths reported in the county.

In Lucas County, there have been 122,091 total cases with 1,486 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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