We've updated the weekly COVID-19 alert map to reflect new data released today. We used data from the state Health Department's COVID-19 alert system, which uses a 7-day average of new cases in a county (please see below for information about this calculation). We then aligned that data with the color-coded system recommended by the state Education Department, which many districts have adopted as part of their back-to-school plans. The state Education Department criteria for the color-coded levels for orange 1, orange 2 and red differs from the health department criteria.
Key highlights from this week's new data:
- 5 counties had an increase in cases per 100,000 population.
- 72 counties had a decrease in cases per 100,000 population.
- Red counties decreased from 73 to 63.
- Orange 2 counties increased from 4 to 10.
- Orange 1 counties increased from 0 to 3.
- There are no yellow counties.
- There was 1 green county.
- Alfalfa County saw the largest jump in cases per 100,000 population this week from 85.18 to 120.26.
- Carter County saw the largest decrease in cases per 100,000 population this week from 285.65 to 106.
- See below the data resources section for detailed information about week-to-week comparisons as well as daily case counts for the past week by county, city and zip code.