In a press release issued Friday, July 30, the Fulton County Health Department urged Fulton County residents, “to make choices to prevent further spread of COVID-19.”
“The number of new cases of COVID-19 among Fulton County residents is increasing once again.
“During the week of July 23 through July 29, a total of 29 new cases were reported. Fulton County is now 23rd out of 88 counties in incident rate, which is currently at 90.2 (per 100,000 population), based on the prior two week period,” the release states.
“Fulton County had been below 10 in total new cases each week for the past eight weeks, then jumped to 29.
“Some of these cases are associated with long-term care, but over half are not,” the release said.
Mari Yoder, development director for the Fairalwn Haven retirement campus, said visitation was closed Thursday, July 29, after routine testing revealed cases of COVID in the Care Center.
She said 16 residents and five staff tested positive for the illness, which is caused by the Coronavirus. All those impacted showed only mild symptoms. Most of them had been vaccinated.
Yoder said the Fairalwn staff is back to wearing full Personal Protective Equipment, including gowns, N-95 masks, and face shields.
The Delta variant of the virus, said to be more infectious that other Coronavirus variants, has not been confirmed in Fulton County.
“Due to limited genomic sequencing to determine which variant(s) are circulating, it is reasonable to assume the Delta variant is partially responsible for the increase, although test results to confirm are pending. The Delta variant has been identified in surrounding counties.
“Other factors contributing to the increase include low vaccination rates among Fulton County residents younger than 65 years, cases among residents and staff in long-term care, and a decrease in the use of masks.”
The federal Centers for Disease Control has released “guidance” for communities with substantial risk of transmission to be more diligent in controlling the spread of the disease.
“Fulton County is currently at substantial risk of community transmission,” the health department press release said.
In the July 30 release, health department officials said, “All residents are urged to take steps now to prevent further spread.
“Use the tools we have:
•Wear a mask when indoors in public spaces
•Stay home when you are ill
•Get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
•Wash hands often
•Sanitize high-touch surfaces”
The Fulton County Health Department offers the COVID-19 vaccine Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm. Walk-ins welcome.
“For current information, please visit www.fultoncountyhealthdepartment.com,and the health department Facebook and Twitter platforms. Additional statewide info available at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.”–Posted 5:32 pm Friday, July 30