HERKIMER, N.Y. – Herkimer County is now an area with “high” community transmission of COVID-19, according to Monday’s data from the CDC.
For a county’s transmission level to be considered high, it must report more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents over the last seven days, or a positivity rate above 10%.
Herkimer County had 63 active cases as of Aug. 8, according to the CDC, which meets the criteria to be considered a high transmission area.
When a county reaches levels of substantial or high spread of COVID, the CDC recommends people resume wearing masks indoors in public places. More than 73% of U.S. counties have high transmission rates, and more than 16% are substantial.
While the number of cases is increasing, hospitalizations in the county remain low, with three people hospitalized as of Aug. 6.
Oneida and Otsego counties are still in substantial categories, along with the rest of the Mohawk Valley and Central New York.
According to data from the state health department, more than 58% of adults in Herkimer County have received at least one vaccine dose so far.