Metrics for Phased Reopening

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Local leaders across the United States have been working to bolster public health capacity and reopen and stay open safely — protecting their communities from the disease and supporting economic recovery and growth. COVID-Local provides decision-makers with easy-to-use metrics for a phased re-opening strategy. These metrics can be used to assess current response, pinpoint areas for action, and make decisions for moving to the next phase of re-opening.

  • Metrics Overview Describes phases and key metrics associated with each phase under a set of public health categories.
  • Scorecard Shows how to self-assess your community’s progress across all metrics for each Phase.
  • Assess Your Progress Offers an interactive checklist to be used to show progress toward meeting thresholds for each phase.
Lockdown1432PHASES FOR RE-OPENINGPhase 4: New normal • Maximal return to normalcy that is viable prior to herd immunity via widespread vaccination• Community transmission is well monitored and virus flare-ups are contained rapidly • Most high-risk/low criticality functions can resume Phase 3: Economic recovery • Widely re-opening economic and social functions once transmission has declined and is suppressed • Moderate-sized gatherings and activities in enclosed spaces possible with appropriate mitigation• Continue to prohibit large gatherings• Telework should continue wherever feasiblePhase 2: Initial re-opening • Limited number of critically important activities open• Continue to prohibit gatherings in enclosed spaces• Some outdoor activities with appropriate distancing • Telework should continue wherever feasiblePhase 1: Maximum social-distancing Tailored to each community, focus is on reducing person-to-person transmission and decreasing the burden on the healthcare systemFULL PHASE DESCRIPTIONFULL PHASE DESCRIPTIONFULL PHASE DESCRIPTIONFULL PHASE DESCRIPTIONProtecting At-Risk PopulationsHealthcare ReadinessCase & Contact InvestigationsDiagnosticTesting & SurveillanceInfection RateCovidActNow LogoCovidActNow LogoCovidActNow LogoCurrent estimate of <1 caseper 100,000 population per day<1% positive of tests conducted (daily)Continued decline in daily cases<3% positive of tests conducted (daily)Current estimate of <10 casesper 100,000 population per daySustained decline in daily cases for 21 consecutive days, as reflected in the 5-day rolling average<10% positive of tests conducted (daily)Current estimate of <25 casesper 100,000 population per dayRates & New Cases DecreasingRates & New Cases Increasing
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In addition to utilizing the metrics found in COVID Local, we recommend using COVID Act Now for data on your state or locality. Learn more on this blog post.

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