Metrics for Phased Reopening

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Local leaders across the United States are working to bolster public health capacity and take some initial steps to reopen — protecting their communities from the disease and supporting economic recovery and growth. COVID-Local provides decision-makers with easy-to-use metrics for a phased re-opening strategy. These metrics can be used to assess current response, pinpoint areas for action, and make decisions for moving to the next phase of re-opening.

  • Metrics Overview Describes phases and key metrics associated with each phase under a set of public health categories.
  • Scorecard Shows how to self-assess your community’s progress across all metrics for each Phase.
  • Assess Your Progress Offers an interactive checklist to be used to show progress toward meeting thresholds for each phase.
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In addition to utilizing the metrics found in COVID Local, we recommend using COVID Act Now metrics. Learn more on this blog post.

Lockdown1432PHASES FOR RE-OPENINGPhase 4: New normal • Maximal return to normalcy that is viable prior to herd immunity via widespread vaccination• Community transmission is well monitored and virus flare-ups are contained rapidly • Most high-risk/low criticality functions can resume Phase 3: Economic recovery • Widely re-opening economic and social functions once transmission has declined and is suppressed • Moderate-sized gatherings and activities in enclosed spaces possible with appropriate mitigation• Continue to prohibit large gatherings• Telework should continue wherever feasiblePhase 2: Initial re-opening • Limited number of critically important activities open• Continue to prohibit gatherings in enclosed spaces• Some outdoor activities with appropriate distancing • Telework should continue wherever feasiblePhase 1: Maximum social-distancing Tailored to each community, focus is on reducing person-to-person transmission and decreasing the burden on the healthcare systemFULL PHASE DESCRIPTIONFULL PHASE DESCRIPTIONFULL PHASE DESCRIPTIONFULL PHASE DESCRIPTIONProtecting At-Risk PopulationsHealthcare ReadinessCase & Contact InvestigationsDiagnosticTesting & SurveillanceInfection RateCovidActNow LogoCovidActNow LogoCovidActNow LogoCurrent estimate of <1 caseper 100,000 population per week<1% of tests conducted are positiveContinued decline in daily cases<3% of tests conducted are positiveCurrent estimate of <10 casesper 100,000 population per daySustained decline in daily cases for 21 consecutive days, as reflected in the 5-day rolling average<10% of tests conducted are positiveCurrent estimate of <25 casesper 100,000 population per dayRates & New Cases DecreasingRates & New Cases Increasing



Helping policy makers visualize the impact of policies in the COVID response

Helping local leaders assess the impact of COVID-19 response plans and policies

The COVID Analysis and Mapping of Policies (AMP) visualization tool is a comprehensive database of policies and plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Decision-makers can use COVID AMP’s user-friendly interface to easily identify effective policies and plans to reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID AMP is part of the COVID-Local suite of free resources developed for local decision-makers who are working to keep their communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID AMP library includes policies and plans published by subnational governments or private and non-profit organizations, in addition to those released by national governments.