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How-To Guide for the CDC COVID Data Tracker

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It's been over 2 years since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. COVID-19 information and case numbers continue to change. COVID-19 cases in South Carolina are on the rise today. This is because new COVID-19 variants are spreading. It is important to stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots. With the most current information, you can better protect yourself. You can use The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) COVID-19 Data Tracker to help. The tracker can tell you if you need to wear a facemask in public.

As of today, July 18, 2022, The CDC says nearly everyone living in South Carolina should wear a mask in public.

Read on to learn how to use this tool to protect yourself and your community!


What is the COVID Data Tracker?

The COVID-19 Data Tracker provides maps, charts, and other data about COVID-19. 

The tracker has a “Daily Update for the United States.” It shows numbers and trends for COVID-19 cases, deaths, people in the hospital, and vaccinations. It includes links to other pages about getting vaccinated, health equity, and high-risk groups. 

You can also check to see how your local community is doing. To use the tracker, scroll down to the banner that looks like this. Type in your county to check the COVID-19 levels in your community!

Banner with a white background, a dark blue border and lighter blue border on the left and right sides. On the left the text reads “COVID in Your Community: Search your county or state to view COVID data for your community” with a search box where you will enter your county or state. On the right it says “Weekly Review: A weekly interpretive summary of COVID data” with a link to the current weekly review.

Check COVID-19 Levels in Your Community 

Scroll down to the “COVID in Your Community” Section of the tracker. Enter the name of your County or State. The tracker will tell you about the spread of COVID-19 in your community. 

What are Community Levels? 

The tracker tells community levels of COVID-19 using colors. The colors will either be low (green), medium (yellow), or high (red). Levels are based on your community's:

  • New COVID-19 cases
  • Hospital beds left
  • New people in the hospital with COVID-19

Once I know my community level, how should I protect myself? 

Staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots is the best way to protect yourself and others!

You should always get tested if you feel sick. You should also know your community levels and how to protect yourself:

Low: If levels in your community are low, no other protections are needed.

Medium: If levels in your community are medium, then you should

  • Ask your doctor if you are at high risk of getting very sick with COVID-19
  • Ask your doctor if you should wear a mask indoors
  • Ask your doctor if you should do anything else to protect yourself 

High: If levels in your community are high, then you should

  • Wear a mask indoors in public places, even if you have been vaccinated
  • Ask your doctor if you are at high risk of getting very sick with COVID-19
  • Ask your doctor if you should do anything else to protect yourself

We recently recommended some ways to protect yourself from COVID-19. Learn more here.

COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

The COVID-19 Data Tracker provides a weekly review of new information. Find the link to the weekly review by the "COVID in Your Community" search bar. If you want an email with the weekly review, you can subscribe here

The weekly review has:

  • Important information like new variants and vaccine facts
  • COVID-19 Community-level map
  • Case numbers
  • Vaccination numbers
  • Number of people in the hospital for COVID-19
  • And more!

How to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations 

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccination? Are you unsure if you are up to date with your vaccines? The South Carolina Disability Vaccine Access Network is here to help! Check out our website for answers to your vaccine-related questions. Call our hotline at 1-800-787-6046 to talk to someone about COVID-19 and your vaccine plan

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Contact our Vaccine Access Helpline at 1-800-787-6046.

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