The Fishers Health Department announced today a change to the Community Risk Rating to Level 2 - Yellow (Moderate). The Risk Rating was decreased from Orange due to an improvement in both case incidence and percent positivity rates in Fishers.For Activity Recommendations in the Yellow category, the Fishers Health Department recommends healthy, non-high-risk individuals to consider limiting large gatherings of more than thirty people and following standard prevention measures such as hand washing, distancing, and sanitizing. For high-risk individuals, we recommend avoiding gatherings of more than eight people outside your household, using takeout/delivery service in place of in-person dining, and essential shopping only.Following this change, the Department recommends Fishers-based schools to reinstate or continue full in-person learning for elementary grades. Middle and high school grades may reinstate or continue full in-person learning if able to maintain cohorting. If unable to institute cohorting, the practice of keeping the same students together throughout the school day, the department advises a hybrid school model in order to decrease spread within schools and to minimize the number of quarantining students and staff that are expected to accompany school reopening. Additionally, schools should allow students with compelling needs to attend full-time in-person learning.The Fishers Health Department determined the change based on the following metrics:In response to the ISDH metrics distributed last week, the Fishers Health Department considers the ISDH’s new metrics as part of several ancillary inputs to determine the targeted Risk Rating for the Fishers Community. The Department will continue to monitor the State’s metrics as they are released.For details on recommended activity guidance, school guidance, and information about cohorting, visit https://www.fishers.in.us/1212/Community-COVID-Risk-Rating.FHD continues to recommend the simple measures of masks, distancing, and hand washing as our best tools in getting ahead of this virus. In addition, we call on all Fishers residents to support these efforts to continue the downward trend to return to school safely and with a minimum amount of further disruption due to this virus.The Fishers Health Department encourages residents to stay informed through its Daily Updates posted to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and linked at fishers.in.us/healthdepartment.