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Rock County Shifts from "Medium" to "High" COVID-19 Community Level

According to a press release from the Rock County Department of Public Health, increased COVID-19 hospitalizations have moved Rock County from “medium” to “high” COVID-19 community levels, according to criteria set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC determines the COVID-19 Community Level based on a combination of metrics that include new cases and new COVID-19 hospital admissions. It evaluates new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days to determine the COVID-19 community level.

COVID-19 activity was slowly rising in Rock County between March and May of this year.

Increases tipped the region into the medium level on May 12. Although COVID-19 case activity has remained stable at just over 200 new cases per 100,000, the rate of newly

hospitalized patients has increased. In the past seven days, there have been over 10 new

COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in Rock County. The combination of case

activity above 200 cases per 100,000 and more than 10 new COVID-19 hospitalizations

elevated Rock County into the high category.

Despite the recent increases in hospitalizations, deaths due to COVID-19 have not increased

to the same extent over the same time period.

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