Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health developed a tool to help community members understand the level of COVID-19 transmission and make decisions for themselves and their families on how to mitigate risk. The Community Transmission Indicator replaces previous tools, including the School Reopening Guidance used during the 2020-21 school year.
“We have developed these metrics based historically on what the community has seen with COVID,” said LDCPH Director Dan Partridge. “We want to ensure we are giving our community members guidance and tools to decide for themselves what they can do safely as individuals, based on how much of the virus is in the community and how quickly it is spreading.”
The guidance will not replace any potential executive health orders, but it will allow health officers to provide guidance and recommendations to community members. Individuals are encouraged to take their own medical conditions, career, and living circumstances into account when deciding how they want to protect themselves.
Regardless of vaccination status the CDC advises taking protective steps during travel, variants can infect vaccinated individuals and they can pass it along to others.
Additionally vaccinated individuals may see a decline in protective effects 6 months following their second dose and should pursue a booster shot if eligible.