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Posted on: March 2, 2022

Greene County at medium impact level for COVID-19 illness

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Greene County is currently at a medium impact level for COVID-19 illness, according to new guidance from the CDC that measures community levels of the 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 for preventing COVID-19 transmission. 

Measuring impact in Greene County

The CDC uses three metrics to measure community impact level: 

  • Total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days.
  • Percent of inpatient beds occupied by a COVID-19 patient.
  • New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 people in the last seven days.

According to CDC data from Feb. 24, Greene County has 154.9 new cases per 100,000 people, 12 percent occupied inpatient beds and 18.7 new hospital admissions per 100,000 people. 

In counties with fewer than 200 cases per 100,000 people, indicators for medium impact are:

  • 10-14.9 percent of inpatient beds occupied by a COVID-19 patient. 
  • 10-19.9 new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 people in the last 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 any time on the Health Department COVID-19 dashboard: https://health.springfieldmo.gov/5147/Recovery-Dashboard

Medium impact level strategies for COVID-19 prevention

In an area of medium impact, the CDC recommends staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, maintaining proper indoor ventilation and following testing, quarantine and isolation guidelines if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms.

There are special considerations for people who are immunocompromised or considered high risk for severe disease, including planning for rapid testing if needed and talking to your doctor about additional prevention strategies like masking. 

While community-wide masking is not a recommended prevention strategy for a medium impact area, community members are still welcome to mask as an added precaution, especially if you have regular contact with someone who is immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease. Individual businesses and organizations are also welcome to continue encouraging or requiring masking in their facilities. The CDC’s updated guidance does not apply in healthcare settings, so masking is still recommended in area hospitals and in other healthcare facilities, like nursing homes and doctors’ offices.

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