Forsyth County COVID level upgraded to high

Published 7:27 pm Sunday, June 5, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has raised its COVID-19 Community Level for Forsyth County to high.

COVID-19 Community Levels are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. The level can be high, medium or low. Forsyth County was low from March 10 until May 26, when it was updated to medium.

In areas with a high COVID-19 Community Level, the CDC recommends wearing a well-fitted mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status. Respirator and surgical masks offer the most protection.

Additional CDC guidance for areas with a high COVID-19 Community level:

• Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and 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

If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease:

• 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 such as testing

• Have a plan for rapid testing if needed such as home tests or access to testing

• Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP and monoclonal antibodies

If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for severe disease:

• consider self-testing to detect infection before contact

• consider wearing a mask when indoors with them

To see the most up-to-date CDC guidance, go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available at the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, 799 N. Highland Ave., and all county libraries. You can also order eight free test kits from the Department of Health and Human Services at https://www.covid.gov/tests.

To schedule a vaccination appointment with Forsyth Public Health, go to Bit.Ly/FCNCCovidVaccine. To find other vaccine providers, go to https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines