Weekly metrics by the CDC are still updated every Thursday by 8 pm ET at CDC.gov or (800-CDC-INFO).  In Guilford County, community level risk of Covid transmission continues to  be Low with cases reported to the NC HHS  slightly decreased /stable ,  hospitalizations  slightly increased and early warning indicators ( like wastewater viral particle numbers) stable at a relatively low level. A couple of surrounding counties though, have HIGH transmission risk. The NC Health and Human Services Dashboard is updated weekly on Wednesdays.

Vaccines are the best protection against serious COVID disease, hospitalization, and death. The CDC and FDA have approved the use of  Moderna and Pfizer  Covid vaccines  for children in the 6 month to 5 year old age group. Patients should contact their pediatric providers to  get information and schedule vaccinations. As it currently stands, the Moderna vaccine schedule is 2 vaccines, one  month apart while  the Pfizer schedule is 2 vaccines three weeks apart followed by a third dose two months after the second dose.  The FDA and CDC have authorized the administration of a second COVID booster for those over age 50 and individuals 12 or older with an immuno-compromising condition. A first booster has been endorsed by the CDC for those in the 5-11 age group , as long as at least 5 months since the primary series was completed.  Use the CDC COVID -19 booster tool at the CDC.gov site to learn if and when you can get boosters to stay up to date  with your COVID -19 vaccinations.

The next COVID Medical Advisory Group meeting will be held Tuesday July 26 at 1:00 pm.  Please reach out to Kat Rice or Janie Foy for the  addition of any questions/issues you have for the meeting agenda.