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CDC Map: Parts of Metro Richmond now high, masks recommended for 19 Virginia localities

Virginia COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Dec. 22, 2022.
Posted at 11:46 AM, Dec 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-23 14:03:37-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Masking is now recommended for 19 localities in Virginia and that includes some localities in Metro Richmond, according to this week's update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The update comes as Virginia's 7-day positivity rate increased to 17.0%, new cases were up 21% this week and 73.6% of Virginia's population is fully vaccinated, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The 7-day moving average for COVID cases in the U.S. decreased 2.9% as of Dec. 14 and 85.3% of the country's total population (people 5+) had received at least one vaccine dose, the CDC reported in its weekly update.

The agency released an updated map Thursday, Dec. 22 with county-by-county color designations to indicate whether residents should wear masks or not.

"There are three levels (low, medium, high), which are determined by looking at hospital beds being used by patients with COVID-19, new hospital admissions among people with COVID-19, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in your area," CDC officials wrote.

IN-DEPTH: 7-day positivity rate is 17.0%; new cases up 21% last week

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Dec. 22, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Dec. 22, 2022.

Scroll down for a complete alphabetized list city/county-by-county breakdown of localities in Virginia

Nineteen localities — including Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Henrico, Hopewell, Petersburg and Prince George in Central Virginia — rank as high where masking indoors is recommended by the CDC. That is up from 8 localities that ranked as high last week.

Sixty-two localities — including Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Essex, Goochland, Hanover, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Richmond City and Richmond County in Central Virginia — rank as medium. Sixty localities ranked as medium last week.

The remaining 52 localities in the Commonwealth rank as low. That is down from the 65 localities that ranked as low last week.

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Dec. 22, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Dec. 22, 2022.

High Community Level

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness
  • 19 Virginia localities this week; up from 8 localities last week

Amherst (ranked medium last week)
Bedford (ranked medium last week)
Botetourt (ranked medium last week)
Campbell (no change from last week)
Colonial Heights (ranked medium last week)
Dinwiddie (ranked medium last week)
Giles (ranked low last week)
Halifax (ranked medium last week)
Henrico (ranked medium last week)
Hopewell (ranked medium last week)
Norton (no change from last week)
Petersburg (no change from last week)
Prince George (ranked medium last week)
Pulaski (ranked low last week)
Salem (ranked medium last week)
Surry (ranked medium last week)
Sussex (ranked medium last week)
Warren (ranked medium last week)
Washington (ranked medium last week)

COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Dec. 22, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Dec. 22, 2022.

Medium Community Level

  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • 62 Virginia localities this week; up from 60 last week

Accomack (no change from last week)
Alexandria (ranked low last week)
Amelia (no change from last week)
Appomattox (ranked high last week)
Bristol (no change from last week)
Carroll (no change from last week)
Charles City (no change from last week)
Charlotte (no change from last week)
Chesterfield (no change from last week)
Clarke (ranked low last week)
Covington (ranked low last week)
Craig (no change from last week)
Cumberland (no change from last week)
Danville (ranked low last week)
Dickenson (ranked high last week)
Essex (no change from last week)
Falls Church (ranked low last week)
Floyd (no change from last week)
Franklin County (no change from last week)
Frederick (ranked low last week)
Galax (no change from last week)
Goochland (no change from last week)
Grayson (no change from last week)
Hanover (no change from last week)
Harrisonburg (ranked low last week)
James City (ranked low last week)
King and Queen (no change from last week)
King George (no change from last week)
King William (no change from last week)
Lancaster (no change from last week)
Lee (no change from last week)
Lunenburg (no change from last week)
Lynchburg (no change from last week)
Madison (ranked low last week)
Martinsville (ranked low last week)
Mecklenburg (no change from last week)
Middlesex (no change from last week)
Montgomery (ranked low last week)
New Kent (no change from last week)
Northumberland (no change from last week)
Nottoway (ranked high last week)
Page (ranked low last week)
Patrick (ranked low last week)
Pittsylvania (ranked low last week)
Powhatan (no change from last week)
Prince Edward (no change from last week)
Radford (ranked low last week)
Richmond City (no change from last week)
Richmond County (no change from last week)
Roanoke City (no change from last week)
Roanoke County (no change from last week)
Rockingham (ranked low last week)
Russell (no change from last week)
Scott (ranked high last week)
Shenandoah (ranked low last week)
Smyth (ranked high last week)
Staunton (ranked low last week)
Waynesboro (ranked low last week)
Westmoreland (no change from last week)
Winchester (ranked low last week)
Wise (no change from last week)
Wythe (ranked low last week)

COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Dec. 22, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Dec. 22, 2022.

Low Community Level

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • 52 Virginia localities this week; up from 65 last week

Albemarle (no change from last week)
Alleghany (no change from last week)
Arlington (no change from last week)
Augusta (no change from last week)
Bath (ranked medium last week)
Bland (no change from last week)
Brunswick (ranked medium last week)
Buchanan (no change from last week)
Buckingham (no change from last week)
Buena Vista (no change from last week)
Caroline (ranked medium last week)
Charlottesville (no change from last week)
Chesapeake (no change from last week)
Culpeper (no change from last week)
Emporia (ranked medium last week)
Fairfax City  (no change from last week)
Fairfax County (no change from last week)
Fauquier (no change from last week)
Fluvanna (no change from last week)
Franklin City (no change from last week)
Fredericksburg (ranked medium last week)
Gloucester (no change from last week)
Greene (no change from last week)
Greensville (ranked medium last week)
Hampton (no change from last week)
Henry (ranked medium last week)
Highland (no change from last week)
Isle of Wight (no change from last week)
Lexington (no change from last week)
Loudoun (no change from last week)
Louisa (no change from last week)
Manassas (no change from last week)
Manassas Park (no change from last week)
Mathews (no change from last week)
Nelson (no change from last week)
Newport News (no change from last week)
Norfolk (no change from last week)
Northampton (no change from last week)
Orange (ranked medium last week)
Poquoson (no change from last week)
Portsmouth (no change from last week)
Prince William (no change from last week)
Rappahannock (no change from last week)
Rockbridge (no change from last week)
Southampton (no change from last week)
Spotsylvania (ranked medium last week)
Stafford (ranked medium last week)
Suffolk (no change from last week)
Tazewell (no change from last week)
Virginia Beach (no change from last week)
Williamsburg (no change from last week)
York (no change from last week)

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    Full Virginia City/County-by-County Breakdown

    Accomack Medium
    Albemarle Low
    Alexandria Medium
    Alleghany Low
    Amelia Medium
    Amherst High
    Appomattox Medium
    Arlington Low
    Augusta Low

    Bath Low
    Bedford High
    Bland Low
    Botetourt High
    Bristol Medium
    Brunswick Low
    Buchanan Low
    Buckingham Low
    Buena Vista Low

    Campbell High
    Caroline Low
    Carroll Medium
    Charles City Medium
    Charlotte Medium
    Charlottesville Low
    Chesapeake Low
    Chesterfield Medium
    Clarke Medium
    Colonial Heights High
    Covington Medium
    Craig Medium
    Culpeper Low
    Cumberland Medium

    Danville Medium
    Dickenson Medium
    Dinwiddie High

    Emporia Low
    Essex Medium

    Fairfax City Low
    Fairfax County Low
    Falls Church Medium
    Fauquier Low
    Floyd Medium
    Fluvanna Low
    Franklin City Low
    Franklin County Medium
    Frederick Medium
    Fredericksburg Low

    Galax Medium
    Giles High
    Gloucester Low
    Goochland Medium
    Grayson Medium
    Greene Low
    Greensville Low

    Halifax High
    Hampton Low
    Hanover Medium
    Harrisonburg Medium
    Henrico High
    Henry Low
    Highland Low
    Hopewell High

    Isle of Wight Low

    James City Medium

    King and Queen Medium
    King George Medium
    King William Medium

    Lancaster Medium
    Lee Medium
    Lexington Low
    Loudoun Low
    Louisa Low
    Lunenburg Medium
    Lynchburg Medium

    Madison Medium
    Manassas Low
    Manassas Park Low
    Martinsville Medium
    Mathews Low
    Mecklenburg Medium
    Middlesex Medium
    Montgomery Medium

    Nelson Low
    New Kent Medium
    Newport News Low
    Norfolk Low
    Northampton Low
    Northumberland Medium
    Norton High
    Nottoway Medium

    Orange Low

    Page Medium
    Patrick Medium
    Petersburg High
    Pittsylvania Medium
    Poquoson Low
    Portsmouth Low
    Powhatan Medium
    Prince Edward Medium
    Prince George High
    Prince William Low
    Pulaski High

    Radford Medium
    Rappahannock Low
    Richmond Medium
    Richmond County Medium
    Roanoke Medium
    Roanoke County Medium
    Rockbridge Low
    Rockingham Medium
    Russell Medium

    Salem High
    Scott Medium
    Shenandoah Medium
    Smyth Medium
    Southampton Low
    Spotsylvania Low
    Stafford Low
    Staunton Medium
    Suffolk Low
    Surry High
    Sussex High

    Tazewell Low

    Virginia Beach Low

    Warren High
    Washington High
    Waynesboro Medium
    Westmoreland Medium
    Williamsburg Low
    Winchester Medium
    Wise Medium
    Wythe Medium

    York Low

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