(WHNT) – A new tool rolled out by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) will provide the latest COVID-19 data – for each county across the country.
That tool allows Americans to see where their county is located, low, medium or high, at the COVID-19 community level. Each of the three categories corresponds to a different level of threat to the virus. The CDC says it will update the data every Thursday.
Here is what each category means according to the CDC:
- Low: If your county is in the low category, you will be asked to keep up to date with information related to COVID-19 and be tested if you have symptoms.
- Medium: If you are in a county marked with a medium risk, follow the rules of the low category. In addition, if you have a high risk of serious illness, talk to your doctor about whether to wear a mask and take other precautions.
- High: If you are in a high-risk office, wear a mask indoors when in public, keep up with COVID-19 vaccines, get tested if you have symptoms, and take additional precautions if you have a high risk of serious illness.
According to last Thursday’s update, more than 98% of counties in the United States fall into the low or medium category.
In northern Alabama, all counties fall into the low or medium categories. Only three categories across the country are classified as high risk, including Clay, Coosa and Talladega.
According to Alabama Department of Public Health, the state’s current positivity in testing is 3.5%. That is a drop from the peak of 45.2% at the end of January. Nearly 1.3 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Alabama since the onset of the pandemic two years ago, in which 18,832 Alabama died as a result of the virus.
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