Lexington County’s COVID-19 Community Level is down to low this week, as the county’s case rate continues to drop.
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Up until last week, the county’s level had been high since July 15, triggering recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to mask in all indoor public spaces. Now, after dropping to medium last week, Lexington joins all but five counties in South Carolina in grading as low. No counties in the state have a high level this week.
The community levels, provided by the CDC, utilize updated local data to recommend best practices to fight the spread of COVID.
Low Community Levels come with a recommendation to mask on public transportation, but otherwise, masking isn’t recommended unless you have symptoms, test positive or are exposed to someone with COVID.
The case rate in Lexington County has been falling for a few weeks now.
In the seven days leading up to Sept. 29, the county reported 120.5 new cases per 100,000 people, down from 180.75 last week, 264.1 two weeks prior and 331.5 three weeks prior.
Lexington also saw drops in both of the other two metrics that go into calculating community levels. 3.6% of inpatient hospital beds were in use by COVID patients (down from 4%), and the rate of new COVID hospital admissions in the county was 7.4 per 100,000 people (down from 11.6).
All of Lexington’s neighboring counties — Newbery, Richland, Calhoun, Orangerburg, Aiken and Saluda — also have low levels this week.
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