Whether or not certain activities can be performed safely depends on four actors: 

  1. If a person is vaccinated and boosted.
  2. The COVID-19 level in the community. YKHC publishes transmission risk level by sub-region on our COVID-19 dashboard.
  3. The size and location of the gathering. Small gatherings are generally safer than large gatherings (typically comprised of greater than 10 people). Outdoor activities are generally safer than indoor activities, especially in areas with poor ventilation.
  4. The duration of the exposure.

Prevention strategies may vary based on the level of risk in  the community, which includes both the number and severity of cases. 

At all levels, individuals should stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, including getting a booster shot when eligible; maintain improved ventilation in public indoor spaces; and follow testing and quarantine/isolation guidance. 

At medium risk, implement screening testing at workplaces, schools, or other community settings. Individuals and communities may choose additional measures to protect people at high risk for severe illness of death, such as wearing a well-fitting mask outside your household, or self-testing to detect infection before gathering with persons at high risk for severe disease.

If a community is experiencing high transmission, YKHC recommends the immediate implementation of community-wide strategies that reduce the spread of COVUD-19, including buy not limited to : universal masking, avoiding or rescheduling large gatherings, social distancing, and expanding testing. 

Since hospitalizations and deaths often follow outbreaks, communities, businesses, and individuals may also consider implementing these strategies in response to a known or suspect outbreak, regardless of current hospitalization rates in an effort to suppress the outbreak.