The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides Americans with up-to-date information on the prevalence and outcomes of COVID-19 cases currently affecting the nation. Tools on their website allow for the public to evaluate the rates of COVID-19 cases based on specific geographical locations.
COVID-19 is finally showing a decline in the number of cases, hospitalizations and mortality rates. To continue this trend, it is imperative the public continues to be diligent in practicing caution. Some areas of the United States put unvaccinated individuals at a higher risk than others.
High-Risk COVID-19 Locations
The positive decline in COVID-19 cases means that the virus is having less of an impact on society as a whole in the U.S. Recreational activities and events are resuming and people are eager to get out and enjoy life again. Unfortunately, the fight against COVID-19 is not over and there are places that are still experiencing a high number of positive cases. Locations with the highest COVID-19 case rates per 100,000 include:
- West Virginia
The locations listed above are experiencing a higher rate of COVID-19 cases than other areas in the country. It is important for unvaccinated individuals to avoid these areas, or if not possible, to practice extra precautions.
What to Do if You Have Visited A High-Risk Area
If you have recently visited a high-risk area you should self-quarantine and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Those who are unvaccinated are still at a high risk of contracting the virus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Sore Throat
- Persistent Dry Cough
- Chest Tightness
- Loss of Taste/Smell
You should get tested for the virus if you are unvaccinated, or part of a population that has the potential higher risk of complications. Populations with a higher risk of complications include those over 65, those with pre-existing health conditions, and those with any disease that weakens the immune system.
Get Tested at an Urgent Care Center
If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19 or have come into direct contact with someone who has the virus, you should contact your local Urgent Care Center today. Urgent Care Centers can provide patients with results in as little as 15 minutes with COVID-19 rapid testing.
Urgent Care Centers also offer numerous preventative and diagnostic screenings, as well as treatment for mild injuries and illnesses.