Virus Report: CDC guideline changes, BHS moves from orange to yellow

Virus Report: CDC guideline changes, BHS moves from orange to yellow

Sophie Walker, Assistant EIC

    There was an average of 704 cases from the days of Aug. 16 to Aug. 26 in Washington County. Case numbers have been at a rocky decline since the highest peak in July.

   As of Aug. 20, the state of Oklahoma was officially in the orange zone, meaning case numbers per 1000 people could range from 14.39-25, but there were 16.08 confirmed cases. This scare was short-lived, however, as the cases went back down to 13.08 putting Oklahoma back into the yellow zone. 

   The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has changed its guidelines. Previously, the CDC website said, “Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Because of the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, it is important that contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection be quickly identified and tested.” After changing the guideline on Monday it now reports, “If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms, you do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or State or local public health officials recommend you take one.” 

   White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci was not included in the meeting where the guideline change was decided. He was undergoing surgery at the time. He is concerned people will get the wrong idea about the guideline changes and think that asymptomatic people can’t spread the virus. “I am concerned about the interpretation of these recommendations and worried it will give people the incorrect assumption that asymptomatic spread is not of great concern,” said Fauci in a CNN interview. “In fact it is.”