What the CDC’s Community Levels Mean and What’s Required in Each – NBC Chicago

What the CDC’s Community Levels Mean and What’s Required in Each – NBC Chicago

With a Chicago suburb reaching “high” levels of transmission, according to guidelines set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, what does this mean for residents and what precautions are now being encouraged?

The city of Evanston on Thursday said its community risk level for COVID had risen from “medium” to “high,” the highest alert level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Evanston reports that its percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID patients is also at a “medium” risk level.

Meanwhile, on Friday, 23 Illinois counties were at a “medium” level, up from 14 a week ago.

So what does this mean and what does it take to reach each level?

Here is an overview of the guidelines:

The CDC recommends that those looking to find out the COVID-19 community level in their area:

  • First determine if a county, state, or territory had fewer than 200 new cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days or 200 or more new cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days.
  • Next, determine the level (low, medium or high) of new admissions and inpatient beds and indicators using the scale below for the number of new cases in the area.
  • The COVID-19 Community Level is based on the highest of the new admissions and inpatient beds metrics.

Low community level

In places where community transmission is low, residents are encouraged to keep up to date with COVID vaccines and boosters and to maintain improved ventilation in indoor spaces when possible.

For individuals and at home:

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and reminders
  • Maintain improved ventilation in interior spaces when possible
  • Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19
  • If you are immunocompromised or at high risk of serious illness
    • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (for example, having home testing or having access to testing)
    • Talk to your health care provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies

For communities:

  • Distribute and administer vaccines to achieve high community immunization coverage and ensure health equity
  • Maintain better ventilation in public indoor spaces
  • Ensure access to testing, including through point-of-care and home testing for all people
    • Communicate with organizations and places that serve people who are immunocompromised or at high risk of serious illness to ensure they know how to get a rapid test
  • Ensure access and equity in immunization, testing, treatment, community outreach and support services for disproportionately affected populations

Average community level

This designation means that the elderly or immunocompromised are encouraged to wear masks in public indoor spaces.

Here’s what the CDC recommends for people in counties under a medium alert level:

  • If you are immunocompromised or at high risk of serious illness
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions (eg, testing)
    • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (for example, having home testing or having access to testing)
    • Talk to your health care provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies
  • If you have family or social contact with someone at high risk of serious illness
    • consider self-testing to detect infection before contact
    • remember to wear a mask when you are inside with them
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and reminders
  • Maintain improved ventilation in interior spaces when possible
  • Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19

For medium-level communities:

  • Protect people at high risk of serious illness or death by ensuring equitable access to vaccination, testing, treatment, support services and information
  • Consider implementing testing or other testing strategies for those exposed to COVID-19 in workplaces, schools, or other community settings, as appropriate
  • Implement enhanced prevention measures in high-risk congregate settings (see guidance for correctional facilities and homeless shelters
  • Distribute and administer vaccines to achieve high community immunization coverage and ensure health equity
  • Maintain better ventilation in public indoor spaces
  • Ensure access to testing, including through point-of-care and home testing for all people
    • Communicate with organizations and places that serve people who are immunocompromised or at high risk of serious illness to ensure they know how to get a rapid test
  • Ensure access and equity in immunization, testing, treatment, community outreach and support services for disproportionately affected populations

Chicago’s top doctor said the medium designation means the city will strongly recommend the masks, but the requirement likely won’t return until a high designation is revealed.

“Assuming COVID continues to behave as it has, we would not mandate masking or the vaccine for high-risk settings unless we were at a high level by CDC,” the commissioner said. from the Chicago Department of Public Health, Dr. Allison Arwady said earlier this week. “But at medium you’ll see more signs, for example… But as we go to medium risk level, and we’ll see more of that now highly recommended indoors… I’m personally going to put my mask back on more. We we are not red-red, masks are compulsory inside and this will also be true in schools.

High community level

Counties that achieve a high community level are urged to reinstate mask wearing for all people indoors, regardless of immunization status, and consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities.

Here’s what the CDC recommends for people in “high” level areas:

  • Wear a properly fitted mask1 indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status (including K-12 schools and other indoor community settings)
  • If you are immunocompromised or at high risk of serious illness
    • Wear a mask or respirator that gives you better protection
    • Consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you may be exposed
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to take any other precautions (eg, testing)
    • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (for example, having home testing or having access to testing)
    • Talk to your health care provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies
  • If you have family or social contact with someone at high risk of serious illness
    • consider self-testing to detect infection before contact
    • remember to wear a mask when you are inside with them
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and reminders
  • Maintain improved ventilation in interior spaces when possible
  • Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19

For communities:

  • Consider context-specific recommendations for prevention strategies based on local factors
  • Implement surge support for health care as needed
  • Protect people at high risk of serious illness or death by ensuring equitable access to vaccination, testing, treatment, support services and information
  • Consider implementing testing or other testing strategies for those exposed to COVID-19 in workplaces, schools, or other community settings, as appropriate
  • Implement enhanced prevention measures in high-risk gathering places (see guidance for correctional facilities and homeless shelters)
  • Distribute and administer vaccines to achieve high community immunization coverage and ensure health equity
  • Maintain better ventilation in public indoor spaces
  • Ensure access to testing, including through point-of-care and home testing for all people
    • Communicate with organizations and places that serve people who are immunocompromised or at high risk of serious illness to ensure they know how to get a rapid test
  • Ensure access and equity in immunization, testing, treatment, community outreach and support services for disproportionately affected populations

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