Last updated: June 1, 2023
What is a Community Hospital Admission Level?
The COVID-19 Hospital Admission Level measures the impact COVID-19 is having on health and healthcare systems. A risk level can be low, medium, or high.
What should I do?
If your Community Hospital Admission Level is:
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, maintain ventilation improvements, avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19, follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19, follow the recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, if you are at high risk of getting very sick, talk with a healthcare provider about additional prevention actions.
If you are at high risk of getting very sick, consider wearing a high-quality mask (for example, N95) when indoors in public. If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for getting very sick, consider self-testing to detect infection before contact, and consider wearing a high-quality mask when indoors with them.
Wear a high-quality mask or respirator. If you are at high risk of getting very sick, consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed.
How is it determined?
COVID-19 Community Levels have been developed by the CDC to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest local COVID-19 data. The CDC determines the COVID-19 Community Level by looking at three factors:
- The number of new cases in the county per 100,000 100,000 population in the past seven days.
- The new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 in the past seven days.
- The percent of staffed inpatient beds that are occupied by patients with confirmed COVID-19 in the past seven days.
Levels are determined each week for each county in the United States and can be found here.