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CDC moved Pierce County into its medium COVID-19 community level. Safe practices can help limit your risk.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved Pierce County into its medium COVID-19 community level on Thursday. State numbers also show our 7-day case rate just went over the threshold of 200 cases per 100,000 people to put us into medium range. 

We haven’t seen our case rate this high since early February, when we were coming down from the Omicron wave. By mid-March our 7-day case rate dropped to almost 30 per 100,000. Since then, we’ve seen a steady increase. 

Now is a great time to think about the layers of protection you choose. 

Best public health practices.

CDC recommends people in areas with medium community level of COVID-19 spread take extra precautions. 

Consider wearing a mask in public. If you are at high risk for severe illness, you should talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask or take other action. 

It’s not too late to get vaccinated! If you haven’t yet, now’s a great time. If you’ve had your initial doses, get your booster dose. Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe sickness and keep you out of the hospital. Find your dose today at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture.

Get tested if you have symptoms. COVID-19 testing helps protect you, your family, your friends, and your community. It’s easier than ever before to find tests

Make informed decisions.

COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates have increased in Pierce County since March. 

We are nowhere near our peak levels during the Omicron wave over the winter, but we are more than halfway to our Delta case rate peak in August. With more people testing at home, we also know many people aren’t reporting the results. 

It’s easier than ever to prevent and treat COVID. Take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones: 

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