Oct. 2—NORWALK — The numbers are going down.
Last week (Sept. 17 to 23), Huron County's COVID-19 case count was 324 and for this week's reporting period (Sept. 24 to 30), the case count has decreased to 251 new cases of COVID-19 in Huron County.
The average age of cases has increased to 37, but the highest number of cases for this week is again reported in the 11-20 age group.
Almost all Huron County Zip Codes are currently reporting cases, with the highest positivity rate in Norwalk with 103 positive cases of COVID-19 for the reporting period of Sept. 24 to 30.
COVID-19 booster shot distribution
The CDC recently announced the availability of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, and qualifying factors for Pfizer vaccine recipients to receive the booster shot. These recipients (initially vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) must have completed their initial series at least 6 months ago, and must be:
65 years and older;
Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings;
Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions;
Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings; or
Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings
The full description of current COVID-19 vaccine booster shot eligibility requirements can be found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html. Individuals originally vaccinated with Pfizer who are interested in receiving a booster dose can find a local vaccine provider here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19- vaccine-provider-dashboard.
Individuals in groups recommended for a booster dose who got the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines will likely need a booster shot, according to the CDC. However, booster doses for recipients of these vaccines have not yet been approved and are not yet available.
Huron County Public Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Huron County Public Health (HCPH) currently has the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine available for appointments at HCPH's offices in Norwalk for individuals aged 12+ interested in receiving the Pfizer vaccine, or Moderna vaccine for individuals age 18+. Booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine are available at HCPH for individuals age 18+ who have completed their two initial doses of Pfizer at least 6 months ago. Interested individuals can schedule an appointment at HCPH by calling 419-668-1652 ext. 241 or book an appointment using our online scheduling tool at: https://bit.ly/3xxHh3O. Please bring a valid ID and insurance information to your vaccination appointment; there will be no out-of-pocket cost to individuals. Individuals must be 12+ to receive the Pfizer vaccine and 18+ to receive the Moderna vaccine. Individuals under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present with them at the appointment.
Statewide COVID-19 case data can be found on the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 Dashboard at: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards.
COVID-19 vaccination data can be found on the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard at: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19- vaccination-dashboard.