More than 90 percent of Americans now live in counties where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low to moderate, according to new CDC data released Thursday.
The CDC has announced that it will begin looking at COVID- 19 risk in communities by focusing not just on case numbers but also on pandemic-related strains of the virus. On Thursday, the government released a color-coded community health index map showing mostly green and orange counties indicating low to medium “health levels.” High level counties were colored red.
As of March 3, more people than not are in a location where there is a low or medium risk of contracting COVID-19. Going forward, this data will be updated every Thursday. “This data will help counties make educated decisions and take appropriate public heath actions.”
People in high- risk areas need to wear masks and take other precautions indoors, including schools, the CDC said.
One important caveat: People should still wear masks if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed, or have tested positive regardless of where they live, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The federal government still mandates face coverings for people entering federal buildings, planes, and public transportation.
The CDC uses three measures to assess the severity of a community outbreak: new COVID-related hospitalizations per 100,000 population, the percentage of inpatients hospitalized for COVID-19 who died during their stay, and the number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 population.
According to NBC News, hospitalizations dropped sharply across the country in the last month, and only Oregon and West Virginia saw declines of less than 50% compared to the previous month.
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