CDC makes changes to travel health notice system


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The CDC updated its travel health notice system on April 18. The four-tier system is used to alert travelers to COVID-19 and other health risks around the world.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is changing how it determines which countries are at the highest risk of COVID-19 as travelers prepare for upcoming trips abroad.

The public health agency has updated its Travel Health Notice System on April 18, announcing that Level 4, or the “Do Not Travel” risk category, will no longer be based solely on the incidence of the coronavirus and the number of cases.

Instead, Tier 4″ will be reserved for special circumstances, such as a rapidly escalating case trajectory or extremely high case counts, the emergence of a new variant of concern, and the collapse of health infrastructure. health,” according to the CDC’s website.

No country currently falls into this newly redefined category, as of April 18. The 89 destinations that were previously in the Tier 4 risk category are now considered Tier 3.

Levels 3, 2 and 1 – which indicate “high”, “moderate” and “low” COVID-19 risk – will generally always be determined by the incidence of the virus and the number of cases over a 28-day period, a said the agency.

The four-tier system categorizes international destinations and is used to alert travelers to health and safety risks, including COVID-19, around the world. Changes to the system were announced the same day a federal judge struck down face mask requirements for planes, trains and other public transportation.

The CDC previously extended the mask’s mandate until at least May 3 to assess the ongoing risks surrounding rising cases of the B.A2 coronavirus subvariant, McClatchy News reported.

For its travel health advisory system, the CDC “reviews case data reported by the World Health Organization” to determine a country’s risk of COVID-19, according to the agency’s website. . “Level 3: High Risk” destinations, for example, reported more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in 28 days.

The United States was marked in the Level 3 risk category as of April 18, according to a CDC travel map.

For the full list of “high risk” destinations, visit the CDC website here.

This story was originally published April 19, 2022 10:43 a.m.

Tanasia is an Atlanta-based national real-time reporter covering Georgia, Mississippi and the Southeastern United States. Its subsector is retail and consumer news. She is an alumnus of Kennesaw State University and joined McClatchy in 2020.

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