Protect Our Neighbors










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Level 1: Stay at Home

Everyone was required to stay at home except for grocery shopping, exercise and necessary activities. Only critical businesses were open.

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Level 2: Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors

While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces.

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Level 3: Protect Our Neighbors

Local public health agencies have the ability to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and the enforcement of public health orders. 


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. Local communities can also still apply for a variance from Safer at Home

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.

 Local communities can also still apply for a variance from Safer at Home

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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