Stop the Spread Campaign
We need to renew our efforts in our fight against COVID-19. As of August 20, 2021, the 7-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases (133,056) increased 14.0% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (116,740). The current 7-day moving average is 93.9% higher compared with the peak observed on July 20, 2020 (68,636).
Given what we know about the Delta variant, vaccine effectiveness, and current vaccine coverage, layered mitigation strategies, including wearing masks, are needed to reduce the transmission of this variant.
Our top priority remains protecting the American people from COVID-19. Vaccines are playing a crucial role in limiting spread of the virus and minimizing severe disease. However, although vaccines are highly effective, they do not completely eliminate the risk of infection or transmission.
At this time we need to increase efforts to maximize all of the effective layered prevention strategies to stop the pandemic. We are asking for your assistance in promoting these key messages:
Continue to prioritize primary series vaccination for eligible individuals
Vaccines remain the most powerful tool we have against COVID-19. It is critical that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people get their primary series of vaccines to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 and its more severe outcomes. Nearly all the cases of severe disease, hospitalization, and death continue to occur among those not yet vaccinated.
Implement layered mitigation strategies
CDC recommends a layered approach to reduce exposures to COVID-19. This approach includes using multiple mitigation strategies: masking, physical distancing, improvements to building ventilation systems, testing, contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation. Increased layered mitigation efforts along with safe, effective, and long-lasting vaccines will give our communities the best chance of ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
Help prevent or reduce further transmission through screening testing in schools and businesses
The Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) for the Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement Reopening Schools: Support for Screening testing to Reopen & Keep Schools Operating Safely provided $10 billion to implement detection and screening testing programs in schools. Additional resources to support implementation are available at Open and Safe Schools. CDC has developed guidance for businesses in non-medical settings including descriptions of different types of COVID-19 tests, scenarios where COVID-19 testing may be used, considerations for screening testing, and use of antigen tests for serial screening testing, including in high-density critical infrastructure.
Proactively address equity concerns related to vaccinations in populations that are disproportionately affected.
CDC broadly seeks to improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Persistent health disparities have put members of some racial and ethnic minority populations at higher risk for COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death. CDC is prioritizing vaccine equity for racial and ethnic minority groups by addressing potential barriers and access issues.
We need your help
In the attached document we have provided specific messaging and resources. There are links to talking points, web resources, science briefs, and the Stop the Spread campaign. We are asking that you please share broadly with your networks this week, as soon as possible.
We must remain resilient in the face of the resurgence of COVID-19 at this time. It is only through continued collaboration and support that we will stop this pandemic.