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Last week, Hamilton County achieved high levels of community spread for COVID-19. according to that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker.

For this reason, the City of Cincinnati is again recommending employees to dress up indoors and move to virtual meetings whenever possible.

“We have seen a sharp increase in COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, and consistent with the CDC’s current recommendations for Hamilton County, as a city, we are issuing a formal recommendation for employees in all departments to begin using indoor a to wear a mask. ‘ Mayor Aftab Pureval said in a press release.

He also said he generally masks himself indoors in person, and suggests other members of the community do the same — not just city employees.

“I strongly encourage all residents to exercise good judgment — get vaccinated, fortify yourself and wear a mask to protect those around you,” he said. “Supporting one another and exercising caution will help us weather this wave with a healthy and strong community.”

According to Cincinnati Department of Health data in the news release, there are 242.09 COVID cases per 100,000 county residents, 11.2 hospital admissions per 100,000, and 5.5% of the county’s hospital beds are occupied by COVID patients.

click to enlarge A map showing the extent of the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the country.  - Photo: Courtesy of CDC

Photo: Courtesy of CDC

A map showing the extent of the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the country.

Counties in Greater Cincinnati, including Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren, were upgraded to high levels of community spread late last week. Hamilton County was previously upgraded to medium on July 15. Boone and Kenton counties in northern Kentucky were also raised to high levels of community coverage after reaching intermediate levels in early July. Large parts of the United States are experiencing high levels of community spread of the virus.

In February, the CDC adjusted the way it classifies community spread, which is now based on full hospital beds, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.

CDC recommendations for counties with high levels of COVID include:

As the nation continues to fight the Omicron variant and its many subvariants, on July 11 the CDC announced a projected spike in hospitalizations across the country. The agency forecasts 3,200 to 13,800 new COVID-19 hospitalizations will be reported by Aug. 2.

test options

Most local and regional health authorities, including the Health Collaborative, provide lists of places where residents can get tested for COVID-19 or pick up a home testing kit.

The CDC advises that those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms should isolate themselves from others, particularly those who are immunocompromised. It’s recommended to avoid travel for at least five to 10 full days, depending on the symptoms, severity, or environment. People exiting isolation should continue to wear a mask for five days, the CDC says. A tool is available on the CDC website to help you determine how long to isolate, quarantine, or take other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, many physicians and epidemiologists, including experts from Yale University, warn that the CDC’s current guidance on isolation may fall short of stopping or slowing the transmission of COVID-19 to others.

U.S. citizens, including those in Ohio, can order free at-home COVID-19 tests through a partnership between the federal government and the United States Postal Service.

Vaccination rates and recommendations

As of July 20, approximately 60% of the total population in the Health Collaborative’s 15-county region has completed a COVID-19 vaccination course. Only 30% of the population was replenished.

Scientists have said that receiving any of the three lines of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States (the two-dose Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax lines, or Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine) could greatly affect people protects against serious illness and likely hospitalization You are exposed to the coronavirus, including its variants such as Omicron and Delta. Adding a booster offers even more protection against serious health problems or death, experts say. And while even vaccinated people can still contract COVID-19, they are much less likely to need hospitalization. Most hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated, medical staff say.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to people from the age of six months. In June, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine lines for children six months of age and older, including children who already had COVID-19. Johnson & Johnson and Novavax vaccines have emergency use authorization for people aged 18 and over. View all FDA clearances and approvals for COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.

Most people are eligible for at least one booster shot, and many scientists believe that additional COVID-19 booster shots will be needed as the virus continues to mutate.

For more information on COVID-19 in Hamilton County, visit hamiltoncountyhealth.org.

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