Weekly metrics by the CDC are still updated every Thursday by 8 pm ET at CDC.gov or (800-CDC-INFO). Helpfully, they  have a quarantine calculator  at the same site to help people determine how long to isolate if they have a positive Covid test or are exposed to someone who has Covid.  In Guilford County, community level risk of Covid transmission is  back to Low with cases reported to the NC HHS  slightly decreased /stable ,  hospitalizations  and early warning indicators ( like wastewater viral particle numbers) are stable at a relatively low level.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 FDA has now authorized the administration of a second COVID booster dose for those over age 50 and individuals 12 or older with an immuno-compromising condition. A first booster has now 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. The CDC and FDA have now 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 next COVID Medical Advisory Group meeting will be held today, Tuesday June 28 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.