DC Well being plans to report coronavirus knowledge equally to the way in which it tracks flu
The district is facing some big changes on Monday, starting with the removal of the indoor mask mandate. The city will also change the way it reports COVID-19 data.
On Monday there are some big changes coming up in DC, starting with the removal of the mask mandate for interiors. The city will also change the way it reports COVID-19 data.
DC is taking a new stance on the pandemic, said DC health director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, during a press conference on Tuesday.
“We want to help people understand the long-term infectious disease surveillance strategies that we expect to be endemic and always present in our community, much like the flu,” said Nesbitt.
Starting Monday, health data will be presented differently on Coronavirus.dc.gov to focus on community transmission rates so residents can assess their own risk. The transfer rate is shown as both a daily and a weekly seven-day moving average.
“It’s similar to the flu. For flu, we use different categories to say minimal, low, moderate and high, ”said Nesbitt when describing how the city explains the extent of the disease in the community.
The site will lose tabs like “Reopen DC” because the city is no longer closed in any way, and will also display the percentage of its population that is fully vaccinated, Nesbitt said.
DC Health will also change the way known contacts of positive COVID cases are tracked, prioritizing high risk cases.
“People who are at greater risk of developing a serious illness or being hospitalized, either based on their age or the information we have about their health. We want to make sure we can target them to therapeutics like monoclonal antibodies, but also to people in high risk situations like day care centers, schools, colleges, correctional facilities, long-term care facilities, etc., ”said Nesbitt.
The city plans to keep test centers open and is encouraging residents to use tests to plan their vacation plans.
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