In March, the CDC provided new guidelines to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on local COVID cases and hospitalizations. The guidelines use three measures to classify each county’s COVID level as low, medium, or high. Measures include the number of weekly new COVID cases and hospitalizations per 100,000 people and the percent of hospital beds used by COVID patients.
Effective May 19, Wood County is currently classified as MEDIUM. The following actions are recommended for individuals in communities classified as medium.
Keep your vaccinations up-to-date
Stay home if you are sick
Get tested if your symptoms could be from COVID-19
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
Have a plan for COVID-19 testing if needed
Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), oral antivirals or monoclonal antibodies
If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness:
Consider self-testing to detect infection before contact
Consider wearing a mask when indoors with them
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters
To learn more about COVID-19 Community levels go to COVID-19 by County | CDC.