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.
Although mask mandates are decided locally by community leaders, CDC recommends everyone in areas with substantial or high #COVID19 spread wear a mask in public indoor settings.
— CDC (@CDCgov) August 5, 2021
Here are the levels for local counties as of Thursday afternoon:
- Hamilton County
- Jefferson County
- Madison County
- Oswego County
- Chenango County
- Delaware County
- Fulton County
- Herkimer County
- Montgomery County
- Oneida County
- Onondaga County
- Otsego County
- 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.