Protect Our Neighbors










What is Protect Our Neighbors?

Protect Our Neighbors means that communities that meet certain criteria have less stringent restrictions than under Stay at Home and Safer at Home. Strong local public health and health care systems are the key to reopening the economy. Different communities will be at different phases, based on local conditions and capabilities.

Fast facts

  Protect Our Neighbors empowers local communities.

 Communities must meet the criteria to be certified for the Protect Our Neighbors phase.

 Local communities may move between phases.

 On Sept. 29, counties may submit letters requesting a new level designation. 

Get certified

As a local public health agency, it's up to you to certify that all 8 of the Protect Our Neighbors metrics are met within your county or region:

 Sufficient hospital bed capacity.

 Sufficient PPE Supply.

 Stable or declining COVID-19 hospitalizations.

 Fewer new cases.

 Sufficient testing capacity.

 Ability to implement case investigation and contact tracing protocol. 

 Documented surge-capacity plan for case investigation and contact tracing.

 Documented strategies to offer testing to close contacts.


Guide for certification  Apply for a Protect Our Neighbors certificate


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