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RI Updating COVID-19 Dashboard For New CDC Guidance

The new system takes a more holistic approach to community risk, rather than just relying on case numbers.

 
The Rhode Island Department of Health is changing its COVID-19 data dashboard to align with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Rhode Island Department of Health is changing its COVID-19 data dashboard to align with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Rachel Nunes/Patch)
PROVIDENCE, RI — Expect some changes to Rhode Island’s COVID-19 data in the coming weeks. The state’s Department of Health is making changes, following updates to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s framework. Dr. Philip Chan, a leader in the state’s COVID-19 response, said Friday that the new system take a more holistic approach to evaluating risk, rather than relying entirely on case numbers. Under the old system, community spread was considered “high” if there were more than 100 cases per 100,000 in a community. “It’s action-oriented, it’s comprehensive and it makes a lot of sense,” Chan said, adding that the goal is to be “proactive, not reactive.” The new system is divided into three tiers: low, medium and high risk. The CDC provides guidelines for how the public should respond at each level. All of Rhode Island is considered at low risk, which means.................. masking is not encouraged in public settings. As part of the shift, the state will also start releasing county-level data, aligning with the CDC’s data approach.

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Let’s go! As the state moves towards an endemic approach — treating COVID-19 as a preventable, treatable disease within the community — Chan said the best thing Rhode Islanders can do to protect themselves and those around them is to get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster. “Everyone should be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, I can’t emphasize that enough,” Chan said. Chan also urged Rhode Islanders to be respectful of those around them, which means now judging others for wearing masks in public settings and wearing a mask if they are asked to.