The CDC has shifted to weekly metrics, updated every Thursday by 8 pm ET at or (800-CDC-INFO).  In Guilford County, community level risk of COVID transmission is currently LOW, though there are key spots in the world and the US that are experiencing surges with the BA.2 Omicron variant. The NC Health and Human Services Department has changed the COVID dashboard to reflect metrics more likely to reveal an imminent surge in different ways, since reported testing is not currently occurring as frequently as previously. The dashboard this morning shows that the BA.2 variant currently is present in about 19 % of cases that have been checked in NC. Hospitalization rates remain low.

Although most mandates for masking have been lifted, under recommendation of the Covid Medical Advisory group, our corporate decision  for NGFM  to require masks for all Meeting activities is still in effect.

Vaccines are the best protection against serious COVID disease, hospitalization, and death. The FDA has now authorized the administration of a second COVID booster dose, with those over age 50 and individuals 12 or older with certain immuno-compromising conditions. At the meeting of our COVID Medical Advisory Group on Tuesday March 29, COVID building use policies were updated. The next COVID medical advisory Group meeting will be held Tuesday April 26th at 1:00 pm.  Please reach out to Kat Rice, Janie Foy or Jennifer Schaal for addition of any questions/issues you have for that meeting agenda.