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CDC COVID-19 Community Levels – Use the Highest Level that Applies to Your Community

New COVID-19 Cases
(Per 100,000 people in the past 7 days)
Indicators Low Medium High
Fewer than 200 New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population (7-day total) <10.0 10.0-19.9 ≥20.0
Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (7-day average) <10.0% 10.0-14.9% ≥15.0%
200 or more New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population (7-day total) NA <10.0 ≥10.0
Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (7-day average) NA <10.0% ≥10.0%

Check here to see what your county community level is:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

All Levels (per CDC)

Individual and Household

  • In conjunction with the State and County, communicate access to vaccination and testing, including through point-of-care and at-home tests for all people, especially those who are immunocompromised or at high risk
  • Maintain improved ventilation in public indoor spaces

UH Community-Level

UH COVID-19 Community Level and Prevention

COVID-19 Community Level CDC Recommended Individual- and household-level prevention behaviors UH Community-level prevention strategies
Low
  • If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease
    • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing)
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about treatment options if you become exposed or infected
  • Masking continues to be required in educational spaces (classrooms, shared laboratory spaces, etc.) for the 2022 summer sessions
  • No daily self-screening questions that are tied to compliance
  • Encourage but no enforcement of vaccine mandate (or testing as an accommodation for those with approved vaccine exemptions)
Medium
  • If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions (e.g., testing)
    • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing)
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about treatment options if you are exposed or infected
  • If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for severe disease
    • consider self-testing to detect infection before conta
    • consider wearing a mask when indoors with them
  • Consider re-implementing / retaining screening testing or other testing strategies for people who are exposed to COVID-19 in workplaces, schools, or other community settings as appropriate
  • Implement enhanced prevention measures in high-risk congregate settings (see guidance for correctional facilities and homeless shelters)
High
  • Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status (including in K-12 schools and other indoor community settings)
  • If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease
    • Wear a mask or respirator (i.e., KN95/KF94/N95) 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 (e.g., testing)
    • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing)
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about treatment options if you are exposed or infected
  • If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for severe disease
    • consider self-testing to detect infection before conta
    • consider wearing a mask when indoors with them

UH will consider implementing the following measures and base decisions by balancing the best available evidence, required resources, and benefit to keeping our campuses as safe as possible.

  • Requiring masks indoors unless you are alone or more than 6 feet away from others
  • Not allowing indoor eating in groups (i.e., breakrooms, small group sessions, potlucks)
  • Setting-specific recommendations for prevention strategies based on local factors
    • special considerations for residence halls, athletic events
    • vaccinated-only entry for those classes/settings that cannot physically distance (i.e., dance, choir, band, health professions clinical skills/settings, marine vessels, certain studio classes), HOT classes
    • LumiSight UH clearance for all dining areas/facilities or venues that serve food (at a minimum, proof of vaccination or recent negative test)
  • Re-implementing a vaccine requirement
  • Requiring “up to date” vaccination status
  • Requiring daily screening questions via LumiSight tied to compliance checks with vaccination requirement (or negative test for those with approved exemptions)

Any decision to implement any of the above measures will be widely communicated to students and employees via email, social media and UH COVID-19 website.

Contact COVID19@hawaii.edu for further assistance.

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Last modified: August 4, 2022