Oneida County is now considered an area with “high” COVID-19 transmission, according to the CDC. Herkimer and Otsego counties both switched from substantial to high spread areas over the past week.
When the CDC data shows an area has substantial or high community spread, they recommend everyone resume wearing masks inside public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
Counties have 'high' COVID spread when they report more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents over seven days.
On Friday, Oneida County reported 36 new cases, with 309 active cases overall. The number of hospitalizations is up slightly from earlier in the week, with 11 in the hospital and one person in the ICU.
Most of the Mohawk Valley and Central New York have high levels of COVID-19 spread, with some still considered to have substantial transmission.