Summit County is considered ‘medium risk’ for COVID-19 by the CDC
May 18, 2022, 3:25 PM
SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list Summit County as the only “yellow” risk county in Utah for COVID-19, breaking Utah’s all green risk status.
According to the CDC website, Summit County’s COVID-19 case counts and hospitalization rates significantly increased in May, placing the county at a medium risk of transition on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Utah’s own rating system still has the county in the green or “low” risk rating, but that could change by Thursday as it’s only a weekly update.
This status comes after federal health officials started to worry about increased cases and the possibility of masks returning for indoor use.
According to the CDC map, states in the Northwest are getting hit the hardest, with states like New York, Maine, and Massachusetts are in high and medium risk levels. New York City’s health officials asked the public to mask indoors again on Monday due to increased cases.
Utah Department of Health reported that wastewater proved to be an excellent way to monitor COVID transition rates, while a recent BYU study showed that going paperless at the pandemic’s beginning didn’t help slow the spread.
In April, Utah moved into a “steady state” of COVID response by treating the disease like the seasonal flu, but this could change if ICUs become overwhelmed, and deaths increase again.