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Lee County COVID-19 Community Impact Metrics

Based on the data reported Sept.  22, 2022 by the Florida Department of Health and the CDC Lee County remains in the MEDIUM Community Impact of COVID transmission.  The hospitalized case rate stayed the same over the past week as the  number of reported cases continued to decrease.  The relatively high rates of people being hospitalized while testing positive for COVID places Lee County at the level of  MEDIUM COMMUNITY IMPACT.  Please heed the precautions identified by this risk level below - stay up-to-date on vaccinations and follow your healthcare provider advice if you have underlying conditions that increase your personal risk.

The CDC and FDA made new boosters available for anyone older than 12 years who has not had a vaccine/booster within the previous 2 months.  Please see this CDC Page for details on specific eligibility and recommendations.

On March 15, 2022, Florida moved to bi-weekly data reporting.  This page will update following each new data report.  Sept 22, 2022 Community Impact: MEDIUM LEVEL

New Cases
(per 100,000 population in the last 7 days)

Lee County

Indicators

Lee County

Low

Medium

High

Fewer than 200

96.81

New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population
(7-day total)

11.3

<10.0

10.0-19.9

> 20.0

Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (7-day average)

3.8%

<10.0%

10.0-14.9%

> 15.0%

200 or more

New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population
(7-day total)

NA

NA

<10.0

> 10.0

Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (7-day average)

NA

NA

<10.0%

> 10.0%

The COVID-19 community level is determined by the higher of the inpatient beds and new admissions indicators,
based on the current level of new cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

March 2, 2022

The CDC updated our way of determining risk of COVID-19 risk to a different set of metrics. 
This welcome change is supported by the high current levels of community immunity
due to vaccinations and boosters. 
We now also have therapeutic and other clinical tools to treat COVID illness and prevent COVID-19. 
As the Rabbi said, when we enter a new chapter, we recite Hazak Hazak Ve-Nit’Hazek, reminding us to be strong as individuals and to strive together for resilience, health and strength.

As COVID-19 transmission continues to affect our Temple and the larger Lee County community, our response will be guided by the CDC COVID-19 Prevention strategies that are based on Community Level of Impact (defined below in table 1).  Those metrics are defined in Table 2.  The CDC updates these metrics regularly at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.

The TBE COVID Task Force will monitor the metrics and report changes to the TBE Board of Trustees and post regular updates on this webpage.

All recommended actions will depend on the risk for our community (Low, Medium or High).

Specific COVID-19 risk reduction strategies ongoing at Temple Beth El include:

  • Strongly urge all people to stay up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations.  This means taking the initial vaccine series and the recommended boosters for any individual’s specific health situation.

  • Fully endorse every individual should seek reputable healthcare advise from their personal healthcare provider to determine their own risk level and the precautions they should take.

  • Provide an option of virtual participation for all activities as feasible to support individuals who may not be able to participate in person.

  • Empower and welcome any individual who chooses to wear a face mask during any TBE activity.

  • Highly recommend anyone who is not up-to-date on their vaccinations wear a high quality face-mask indoors.

  • Consider reinstalling weekly surveillance screening testing of unvaccinated staff during times of high community impact.

Two years after the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, Temple Beth El is implementing lessons learned from this pandemic to promote a healthier congregation by implement some best practices for going forward:

  • Providing sufficient sanitizer stations in all areas of the building for hand hygiene

  • Maintaining improved ventilation throughout our indoor spaces

  • Ensuring effective air sanitizing equipment for employees who work in an office all day

  • Encouraging every member to monitor our own state of wellness, and participate in events virtually when we are not feeling well

  • Sanitizing our hands before and after an oneg or other food-based activity


[1] Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

Table 1. CDC COVID-19 Prevention Strategies

 

Community Impact

Recommended Actions at all Levels

Low, Medium & High

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

  • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing)

  • Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and monoclonal antibodies

Medium & High

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)

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

High

Wear a well-fitting mask1 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 that provides you with greater protection

  • Consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

 

Table 2. CDC Community Impact Metrics for COVID-19

 

New Cases
(per 100,000 population in the last 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%

The COVID-19 community level is determined by the higher of the inpatient beds and new admissions indicators, based on the current level of new cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days

 

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