The CDC recommends the following for people in a “high” community level county:
- Wear a mask indoors in public regardless of vaccination status;
- Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines;
- Get tested if you have symptoms.
People who are immunocompromised or at risk for severe illness should talk to their doctor about additional preventive measures, as well as possible treatment options should they become infected with COVID.
The CDC uses the number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the past week, new COVID hospital admissions and the percent of staffed inpatient hospital beds occupied by coronavirus patients to determine COVID community levels.
The Ohio Department of Health reported Thursday that weekly cases dropped for the fourth week in a row. The state added 23,436 cases in the last week compared to 24,067 cases the previous week. Coronavirus cases have continued to decline since July 28, when ODH recorded 29,876 weekly cases.