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CDC Updates COVID-19 Community Levels for Rhode Island Counties

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the COVID-19 community levels for Rhode Island's counties. All five counties are now at the "medium" level. (Providence County had the "high" designation previously.)

Each week the CDC identifies the COVID-19 community level in every county in the country as "low," "medium," or "high" using case rates, data on hospital admissions, and percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. Regardless of the designation of someone's county, everyone should take certain prevention measures.

- Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccination, including booster doses. The Omicron booster doses currently being administered are providing good protection against the dominant variant circulating in Rhode Island.

- Ventilate indoor spaces as well as possible.

- Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

- Follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

- Follow the recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

- If you are at high risk of getting very sick, talk with a healthcare provider about additional prevention actions.

Additionally, CDC recommends that people in "medium" counties consider self-testing and masking when around those who are at high risk for getting very sick. The full recommendations by community level from the CDC are available online.

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