COVID IN THE COUNTY

CDC Raises Monroe County Threat Level to High

Change Triggers CDC Universal Masking Rules

MAY 21 2022, 11:30am

MONROE COUNTY – On Thursday, the CDC raised Monroe County’s covid threat level to High – the agency’s highest rating. The change reflects an increase to 382 new cases here in the week ending on Tuesday, compared to 272 cases over the first week of the month, when the level was raised from low to medium. The population-adjusted rate in the county now stands at 224.46. Over 21% of covid tests administered by caregivers in the county have been positive this last week. Fortunately, deaths and hospitalizations remain low, with zero deaths over the week.

Under CDC metrics, the highest threat level rating kicks in when the population-adjusted rate goes over 200 and at the same time the percent of positive tests exceeds 10%. CDC guidelines trigger a number of measures when county the threat level reaches “high” in any portion of a county. These include universal masking indoors and limiting contact with high-risk individuals.

Current CDC County-Level Covid Threat
CDC County Level Measurements Last Week

The complete list of current CDC guidelines for Monroe County are:

Universal indoor public masking. Everyone should wear masks indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status, including K-12 schools and other indoor community settings;
• Immunocompromised or high-risk individuals should also

-Wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection
-Consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed
-Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to take other
precautions
-Have a plan for rapid testing if needed
-Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments
like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies

• Individuals who have household members or social contacts with high risk people, should consider also

-Self-testing to detect infection before contact
-Wearing a mask when indoors with them

• Everyone should make sure they are vaccinated and up to date with recommended boosters
• Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible
• Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19

Monroe County was one of 15 Pennsylvania counties to go into the CDC’s high threat category this week.  Seven counties, and a portion of an eighth, were in the high category last week.