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COVID-19 Community Level & Assessing Your Risk

Knowing the status of COVID-19 in Jackson County and your personal risk level can help you make informed decisions on how to best protect yourself.

To help individuals understand their risk and the degree of precautions they should take, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses the COVID-19 Community Level metric system.

The COVID-19 Community Level uses three pieces of local data – case counts, hospital admissions and hospital capacity – to determine the impact of COVID-19 within a county. Based on these factors, community level is then classified as being low, medium or high.

Recommendations from the CDC indicate precautions community members (especially those at-risk for severe disease) should take during each community level. Read on to view recommendations for both the general public and those at higher risk.

Jackson County’s Current Community Level


Updated weekly. Last updated 11/11/2022.


If you are at high risk of getting very sick, consider these extra steps when the community level is Low:

  • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed. For example, you might maintain a supply of home tests and/or know where to access testing
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about your eligibility for early treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies in the event that you get sick

You can choose to mask or take additional precautions at any time. People with symptoms or a positive test should follow isolation guidance and wear a mask in public, according to current guidance.

For more on recommended prevention measures during each community level, visit the CDC’s website.