As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Oklahoma, state leaders are unveiling a new way to see the virus's impact in each of Oklahoma's 77 counties.
The COVID-19 Alert System is a color-coded map that utilizes the colors green, yellow, orange, and red. These colors will give people a county-by-county breakdown of the virus's severity, with green being the lowest and red being the highest.
"This new COVID-19 alert system marries the Oklahoma State Department of Health's robust data reporting with additional public health steps that should be considered county by county to confront elevated risks of community spread," said Interim Health Commissioner Lance Frye, M.D. "The color-coded system is an easy way for business owners, local leaders, and the public to know at a glance when extra precautions should be taken."
Each of the four colors is based on daily new cases per 100,000 people. As of Friday, July 10, most counties are yellow, which is considered low-risk, but four counties are in the orange, which indicates a medium-risk.
A county will be considered in the high-risk phase if they're reporting more than 14.39 daily new cases per 100,000 people. The map is based on a 7-day rolling average and will be updated every Friday.
State officials say they will use this data to make decisions about how to respond to the spread of COVID-19.
Guidance for each risk category is available for individuals, businesses, high-risk individuals, and children on the COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.health.ok.gov.