Mohawk Valley showing 'substantial' level of COVID transmission; CDC recommends masks indoors

As of Thursday, Herkimer County is considered an area with “substantial” community transmission of COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Posted: Aug 5, 2021 1:00 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2021 4:07 PM

COVID-19 is spreading through the Mohawk Valley at a “substantial” rate, according to new data from the CDC Thursday.

Herkimer, Oneida and Otsego counties now have substantial levels of COVID transmission, with cases more than double in many areas from just a few weeks ago.

Here’s how the CDC determines the level of community transmission:

  • Low: More than 10 cases per 100,000 people, or a test positivity rate of less than 5%.
  • Moderate: 10 to 50 cases per 100,000 people, or a positivity rate between 5% and 8%.
  • Substantial: 50 to 100 cases per 100,000 people, or a positivity rate between 8% and 10%.
  • High: 100 or more cases per 100,000 people or a positivity rate of 10% or higher.

When a county reaches substantial or high levels, the CDC recommends everyone wear masks in public indoor spaces, even people who are vaccinated. However, it is up to local governments to impose any mask mandates.

Here are the levels for local counties as of Thursday afternoon:

Moderate

  • Hamilton County
  • Jefferson County
  • Madison County
  • Oswego County

Substantial

  • Chenango County
  • Delaware County
  • Fulton County
  • Herkimer County
  • Montgomery County
  • Oneida County
  • Onondaga County
  • Otsego County

High

  • Lewis County

More than 67% of the country has a high level of transmission, with the CDC giving more than 2,100 counties that designation. Just 4.5%, or 146 counties, are in the "low" category.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2523560

Reported Deaths: 56130
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Kings33405310847
Queens31536810288
Suffolk2395573605
Nassau2143703293
Bronx2076626751
New York1681074636
Westchester1436362340
Erie1064171949
Richmond889441935
Monroe842971188
Orange57538920
Rockland53112779
Onondaga52054761
Dutchess35615499
Albany30838390
Oneida28644589
Broome24451405
Niagara24031397
Saratoga20287200
Ulster17273278
Schenectady16731227
Rensselaer14808167
Putnam1249298
Chautauqua12428175
Oswego11668113
Chemung10932156
St. Lawrence10524127
Steuben10133173
Ontario9352110
Jefferson888076
Cayuga8658107
Sullivan847383
Wayne816784
Cattaraugus7732115
Genesee7013132
Herkimer6806128
Clinton672540
Tompkins650459
Fulton6331104
Madison6187102
Montgomery5966141
Livingston572771
Warren546084
Cortland534279
Tioga509471
Columbia5009111
Chenango468986
Allegany461597
Washington461367
Otsego457555
Wyoming439358
Greene438586
Orleans434187
Franklin428020
Lewis360338
Delaware356047
Seneca274163
Essex230731
Schoharie229521
Yates164728
Schuyler153817
Hamilton4383
Unassigned14426
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