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CDC lowers Thurston County’s COVID-19 risk level.
Here’s what that means for you!

Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.
Credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian

CDC lowers Thurston County’s COVID-19 risk level. Here’s what that means for you

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From The Olympian:

COVID-19 activity fell in Thurston County in late July, lowering transmission risks.

Public Health and Social Services reported 499 additional cases and two deaths for the week of Aug. 1-7. This followed 487 cases and 10 deaths reported the week of July 25-31.


As of Aug. 4, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Thurston County’s Community Level as “low.” Two weeks prior, the county had a “high” rating.

Thurston County shared that low rating with most of its immediate neighbors, except Mason County which was labeled as “medium.”

With a “low” rating, the CDC recommends people wear masks if they experience symptoms, test positive or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. People should also wear masks on public transportation, according to CDC guidance.

The CDC determines community levels by weighing new hospital admission and inpatient bed data after considering cases per 100,000 in the past seven days.

Hospitalizations and outbreaks

There were about 10.3 hospital admissions per 100,000 Thurston County residents over a seven-day period ending on Monday, according to data from the CDC.

Around 7.6% of staffed in-patient beds were being used by patients with confirmed COVID-19 over the same period, the data shows.

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CDC loosens coronavirus guidance, signaling strategic shift

From The Washington Post:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday loosened many of its recommendations for battling the coronavirus, a strategic shift that puts more of the onus on individuals, rather than on schools, businesses and other institutions, to limit viral spread.

No longer do schools and other institutions need to screen apparently healthy students and employees as a matter of course. The CDC is putting less emphasis on social distancing — and the new guidance has dropped the “six foot” standard. The quarantine rule for unvaccinated people is gone. The agency’s focus now is on highly vulnerable populations and how to protect them — not on the vast majority of people who at this point have some immunity against the virus and are unlikely to become severely ill.

The new recommendations signal that the Biden administration and its medical advisers have decided that the lower fatality rate from covid-19 in a heavily vaccinated population permits a less demanding set of guidelines.

“The current conditions of this pandemic are very different from those of the last two years,” CDC epidemiologist Greta Massetti said Thursday in a briefing for reporters

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Posted by Steve on August 12, 2022 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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