SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Edited Press Release/KY3) – The Centers for Disease Control rates Greene County as a medium impact level for COVID-19 disease.
This classification comes as Greene County reaches the end of the Omicron variant surge with a significant drop in cases. Each impact level includes updated guidance to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Measuring impact in Greene County
The CDC uses three metrics to measure the level of community impact:
- Total number of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the past seven days.
- Percentage of hospital beds occupied by a COVID-19 patient.
- New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 people in the past seven days.
According to CDC data from Feb. 24, Greene County has 154.9 new cases per 100,000 people, 12% occupied hospital beds and 18.7 new hospital admissions per 100,000 people.
In counties with fewer than 200 cases per 100,000 population, the average impact indicators are:
- 10-14.9% of hospital beds are occupied by a COVID-19 patient.
- 10-19.9 new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 people in the past seven days.
Cases and hospitalizations will continue to be monitored by the CDC to provide up-to-date impact assessments over time. You can view local COVID-19 data at any time on the Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard: https://health.springfieldmo.gov/5147/Recovery-Dashboard.
Medium Impact Strategies for COVID-19 Prevention
In a medium-impact area, the CDC recommends staying up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, maintaining adequate indoor ventilation, and following testing, quarantine, and isolation guidelines if exposed to COVID-19. 19 or have symptoms.
There are special considerations for people who are immunocompromised or considered to be at high risk for serious illness, including scheduling rapid tests if needed and discussing additional prevention strategies such as mask-wearing with your doctor.
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