On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new COVID-19 community levels, which measure the impact of COVID-19 illness on health and healthcare systems.
Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. This allows people to make informed decisions and take precautions based on the COVID-19 Community Level in their area.
Under the new measuring system and with the recent decline in new cases and hospitalizations, Fayette County is at a medium COVID-19 community level.
What does this mean?
– If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions
– Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines
– Get tested if you have symptoms
People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
If you are immunocompromised, learn more about how to protect yourself by speaking with your healthcare provider.