MANITOWOC – The societal level of COVID-19 proliferation in Manitowoc County has dropped to “low” after Center for Disease Control and Prevention updated recommended indicators and associated guidance for monitoring the spread of the virus 25. feb.
Amtets The health department said it in a press release on Tuesday the new guide reflects the current phase of the pandemic, where many more people have some degree of immunity through vaccination and previous infection, and access to testing and treatment has been improved.
Masks are not recommended for most people at low or medium COVID-19 community level, said the Ministry of Health. Instead, masks are only recommended for those who test positive, have symptoms, or who have had close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19.
The department said masks may continue to be recommended or required in certain environments, such as clinics, hospitals and nursing homes.
When a community reaches a “high” COVID-19 community level, masks are recommended for indoor public environments, regardless of vaccination status, such as schools, businesses, and other community environments.
Those who are immunocompromised or at high risk for serious illness are encouraged to talk to their health care provider about COVID-19 prevention strategies, the health ministry said, adding that vaccination remains the best way to protect themselves from serious illness and death.
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The average of seven days of new COVID-19 cases in Manitowoc County has dropped from a pandemic height of 244 cases per day on January 17 to the current average of nine cases per day.
Hospital capacity has also been improved, with COVID-19 admissions down to less than half of what they were during the January rise.
The Ministry of Health said the CDC will use COVID-19 community levels to inform the implementation of community prevention strategies. Community levels are determined on the basis of three measurements: new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 inhabitants within the last seven days; the average percentage of manned beds occupied by COVID-19 patients within the last seven days; and the number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants within the last seven days.
The new CDC guide does not change the current guide on quarantine (if you are exposed) and isolation (if you test positive).
Where one can be vaccinated or tested
Local vaccine providers can be found at vaccines.gov or the Ministry of Health page for an agreement on COVID-19 vaccine or by calling the health department at 920-683-4155.
Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been in close contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 should be tested. Manitowoc County Health Department has a list of COVID-19 test sites on its website. Additional test sites can be located using the community test site map at Wisconsin Department of Health Services Website.
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