The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new metrics to guide COVID-19 mitigation practices. COVID-19 Community Levels will now be determined based on three pieces of data: new COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity, and new COVID-19 cases. Categories for COVID-19 Community Levels have changed to three levels: Low (Green), Medium (Yellow), and High (Orange). According to the CDC, counties in Low and Medium can consider going without masks in public indoor settings. In High, the CDC recommends masks in all public indoor settings, including schools.
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A third round of free at-home COVID-19 Tests
www.COVIDTests.gov is now open for a third round of ordering. U.S. households are now able to order an additional eight free at-home tests at COVIDTests.gov—bringing the total number of free tests available to each household since the start of the program to 16.
This Sway provides COVID-19 specific information for all essential businesses related to prevention and symptoms of COVID-19, what to do if an employee has symptoms, how to determine who may have been exposed at the workplace, notification of employees who have been exposed and what they should do, determining which employees are at risk for severe illness and what they should do, and who you can contact if you need assistance.
This Sway provides information on COVID-19 testing and guidance on what to expect if you test positive or believe you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
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Use and Disposal of N95 MasksAccording to the CDC, health care workers can wear an N95 mask up to five times; however, how long the average person can safely wear an N95 mask will vary depending on how it's used. N95 masks are disposable and should be discarded when they are dirty, damaged, or difficult to breathe through. Please visit here for more information.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated Pfizer and Moderna vaccine recommendations to:
Moderna: 6 months to 5 years, Two doses, four weeks apart.
Pfizer: 6 months to 4 years (already approved for 5+) Two doses, three weeks apart, and a third dose at least two months later.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Masks and Respirators
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated Pfizer and Moderna series booster recommendations to 5 months and expanded eligibility for Pfizer doses to those 12 and over and recommends additional dose for some immunocompromised children and adults.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Updated and Shortened Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine
- Arizona Department of Health Services Updated and Shortened Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine
- Release from Quarantine & Isolation Flow Chart
- How long to stay home when you are sick with COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for fully vaccinated individuals
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Festivals and Other Multi-Day Large Gatherings: COVID-19 Planning Toolkit
- Arizona COVID-19, Housing and Eviction Resources
- Arizona Department of Education
- Arizona Department of Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- COVID-19 Social Safety-Net Services Coalition Resources - Food, housing, cash assistance, senior grocery hours, and more.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Funeral Assistance
- Free at-home COVID tests
- Access COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Records - Request a physical copy by calling (928) 679-7222 or use the online form.
Monoclonal Antibodies (mAbs) and Antivirals
Monoclonal Antibodies fight COVID-19 and the virus that causes it (SARS-CoV-2) and are directly given to qualifying high-risk patients via IV or a series of injections. Evidence suggests that mAb treatment can reduce the amount of viral load in a person's body. Click here for more information.