Austin Public Health Introduces New Risk-Based Guidelines to Align with CDC Recommendations

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin General public Overall health (APH) has updated its Hazard-Centered Guidelines to align with new Centers for Ailment Regulate and Avoidance (CDC) metrics. The CDC released new Neighborhood Concentrations to monitor the unfold of COVID-19 at the county degree in February. APH is incorporating that new product into our neighborhood guidance. 

“We keep on to adapt our reaction as we enter a new phase of this pandemic,” claimed Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Wellbeing Authority. “While we appreciate the development we’ve made, we really should try to remember that this is not over but the possible for new variants however poses a danger.” 

There are 3 Group Concentrations (Minimal, Medium and Large) with corresponding direction for people who are up to day with their COVID-19 vaccines, and for those people who are at danger. These degrees switch the levels that guided our response for considerably of the pandemic. The danger level for Austin-Travis County is currently lower. 

“We’re excited to roll out an up to date software giving our community the direction vital to remain safe and healthier going ahead,” stated Austin General public Well being Director Adrienne Sturrup. “We thank everyone for stepping up and having safety measures when it was asked of them. We’re optimistic about this new stage and really feel assured our neighborhood is superior geared up to reply if—and when—the will need occurs.” 

Recommendations for people today who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines: 

  • Minimal: Safeguards optional when gathering, eating and searching. 
  • Medium: Precautions optional when accumulating, dining and purchasing. Mask when social distancing is not probable. 
  • High: Use safety measures when gathering, eating and shopping. 

Recommendations for people who are at chance:  

  • Very low: Safeguards optional when accumulating, dining and buying. 
  • Medium: Use precautions when accumulating, dining and purchasing. 
  • Higher: Use safeguards when collecting, dining and procuring. 

Precautions include things like sporting a very well-fitting mask, washing fingers and practicing social distancing. 

At all amounts, people today can don a mask primarily based on personal desire, informed by their personal stage of risk. Men and women with signs, a optimistic test, or publicity to another person with COVID-19 ought to wear a mask.

COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines Chart March 29

Local community Concentrations are determined by a combination of indicators which include new COVID-19 hospital admissions for each 100,000 population in the previous seven days, the per cent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 people, and whole new COVID-19 instances for each 100,000 populace in the earlier seven days. 

CDC Community Levels Thresholds

These variations will be reflected on APH’s Important Indicators dashboard which will populate with CDC data weekly. The dashboard will be up to date on Tuesday afternoon.

The CDC shifted to Neighborhood Stages as significantly of the country reached higher degrees of vaccination and immunity. The Neighborhood Concentrations product aims to protect individuals at the maximum hazard of significant health issues from COVID-19 and lessen strain on health care programs. 

The Metropolis of Austin and Travis County lifted all COVID-19 orders last 7 days, which integrated mask necessities at most City and County facilities.  

APH tests and vaccination information 

People today can uncover vaccine suppliers employing Vaccines.gov (Vacunas.gov in Spanish) or by texting their zip code to 438829 (822862 in Spanish) to find a close by clinic. 

APH clinics give COVID-19 testing and vaccinations devoid of an appointment, despite the fact that generating an account online in advance will save time. COVID-19 vaccinations are totally free and demand neither identification nor insurance coverage. For far more facts and to routine an appointment, phone 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000 or pay a visit to www.AustinTexas.gov/COVID19. 

The APH Mobile Vaccination System brings vaccine clinics to companies, churches and additional. Corporations can fill out an on line sort to request a pop-up clinic at their locale. 

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