The Delta variant of the Coronavirus, called a “real threat” to those who have not been vaccinated, has been found in Fulton county.
In a Wednesday, Aug. 11 press release, officials of the Fulton County Health Department made the announcement, saying the Delta variant was identified in lab test results received on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
The release states the Delta variant is now the dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus in Ohio.
It is more contagious than previous variants, and is spreading rapidly.
In May, less than 1% of COVID-19 cases were associated with the Delta variant. Now, the Delta variant is associated with 86% of Ohio cases.
It affects all ages, include people under the age of 50. Those who contract the Delta variant of the virus are at double the risk of being hospitalized, when compared to last winter’s dominant virus strain.
“The Delta variant is a real threat to unvaccinated residents,” the release states.
“Data demonstrates that the vaccines are preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death, and are effective against the Delta variant.
“However, vaccines do not provide perfect 100% protection and some vaccinated people can get the Delta variant in a breakthrough infection and may be contagious.”
“Vaccination is the best protection against the Delta variant. High vaccination coverage will reduce spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging,” the release stated.
The release states COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, is spreading at a high rate in Fulton County. The county had the six-highest number of COVID-19 cases on a per-capita basis (cases per 100,000 over a two-week period) in the state on Aug. 5.
Fulton County’s COVID-19 vaccination race stands at 43.74% for those who have started the vaccination process, and 41.12% for those who have completed the process as of Wednesday.
The federal Centers for Disease Control list Fulton County as being at a high risk of community transmission; that rating is not expected to decline until the current surge in new COVID-19 cases declines.
“As the Delta variant spreads, it is critical for Fulton County residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
“We ask that individuals encourage their family members to take the opportunity to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated,” the release said.
The COVID-19 vaccine is available at the Fulton County Health Department Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm; walk-ins welcome. Other locations can be found at:
or by calling 419-337-0915.
The release said all county residents are urged to take steps now to prevent further spread. Use the tools available:
•Wear a mask when indoors in public spaces
•Stay home when ill
•Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
•Wash hands often
•Sanitize high-touch areas
•Practice social distancing.
–Posted 5:10 pm Wednesday, Aug. 11