Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

Surge Mitigation in Healthcare

Surge Mitigation in Healthcare

During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated Feb. 8, 2021

Strategies and guidance for managing healthcare resources when there is a surge in demand for services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Surge Estimation Tool

COVID-19Surge is a spreadsheet tool for estimating the surge in demand for hospital-based services during the COVID-19 pandemic.