For the full week of July 11-July 17th, the rate of positive test results for Covid-19 for Labette County citizens was 21.83%. This means that, of all Covid-19 tests administered that week, 21.83% came back positive. Anything above 5% indicates that the virus is moving through the county, and the higher the percentage, the more community spread.
For this week, July 18, 19, 20, and 21, that same positive test result rate has increased to 40.28%. That number will change, either decreasing or increasing, depending on how many more tests are administered between now and July 24th, and the results of those tests.
At this point, I would highly encourage and reccomend that unvaccinated staff resume wearing a mask and staying 6 feet or more away from people they don't live with, which is the current guidance from the CDC.
For vaccinated people, the guidance from the CDC as of July 16, 2021 is:
Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidanceResume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel and from self-quarantine after travelRefrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United StatesRefrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settingsRefrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomaticRefrain from routine screening testing if feasible
A nationwide trend, that I imagine is valid for Labette County, is a decline in overall testing, due to folks being fatigued with the pandemic. It is very important that, should you feel ill at all, that you contact either your pcp or Labette Health's fever clinic to see if you should be tested for Covid-19. The symptom picture of the Delta variant (the predominant strain in the USA and presumed dominant strain in Labette County) is different from last year's main strain, so rather than deciding yourself if you have "Covid symptoms" or not, consult with your pcp or the Fever clinic, and should testing be recommended, PLEASE comply and get tested. And please stay home from work until you feel well, and know the results of the test should you have one. Of course, comply with whatever you are told by the county health department when you are contacted, should your test come back positive.
Once again, I strongly encourage any unvaccinated staff that do not have a medical reason to avoid vaccination, to become vaccinated as soon as possible.