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CDC Map: Parts of Metro Richmond remain high, masks recommended for 33 Virginia localities

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Dec. 29, 2022.
Posted at 11:09 AM, Jan 01, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-01 11:09:13-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Masking is now recommended for 33 localities in Virginia and that continues to include some localities in Metro Richmond, according to this week's update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The update comes as 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. 29 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: Nearly 900 COVID-19 patients discharged last week; Virginia hospitalizations up 24% last week

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Dec. 29, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Dec. 29, 2022.

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

Thirty-three localities — including Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Essex, Henrico, Hopewell, Northumberland, Petersburg, Prince Edward, Prince George and Richmond County in Central Virginia — rank as high where masking indoors is recommended by the CDC. That is up from 19 localities that ranked as high last week.

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

The remaining 51 localities in the Commonwealth rank as low. That is down from the 52 localities that ranked as low last week.

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Dec. 29, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Dec. 29, 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
  • 33 Virginia localities this week; up from 19 localities last week

Accomack (ranked medium last week)
Buena Vista (ranked low last week)
Carroll (ranked medium last week)
Charlotte (ranked medium last week)
Clarke (ranked medium last week)
Colonial Heights (no change from last week)
Dickenson (ranked medium last week)
Dinwiddie (no change from last week)
Essex (ranked medium last week)
Galax (ranked medium last week)
Giles (no change from last week)
Grayson (ranked medium last week)
Halifax (no change from last week)
Henrico (no change from last week)
Hopewell (no change from last week)
King George (ranked medium last week)
Lee (ranked medium last week)
Lexington (ranked low last week)
Lunenburg (ranked medium last week)
Mecklenburg (ranked medium last week)
Northumberland (ranked medium last week)
Norton (no change from last week)
Petersburg (no change from last week)
Prince Edward (ranked medium last week)
Prince George (no change from last week)
Pulaski (no change from last week)
Radford (ranked medium last week)
Richmond County (ranked medium last week)
Surry (no change from last week)
Sussex (no change from last week)
Westmoreland (ranked medium last week)
Wise (ranked medium last week)
Wythe (ranked medium last week)

COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Dec. 29, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Dec. 29, 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
  • 49 Virginia localities this week; down from 62 last week

Alexandria (no change from last week)
Alleghany (ranked low last week)
Amelia (no change from last week)
Amherst (ranked high last week)
Arlington (ranked low last week)
Augusta (ranked low last week)
Bland (ranked low last week)
Botetourt (ranked high last week)
Buchanan (ranked low last week)
Caroline (ranked low last week)
Charles City (no change from last week)
Chesterfield (no change from last week)
Cumberland (no change from last week)
Danville (no change from last week)
Fairfax City (ranked low last week)
Fairfax County (ranked low last week)
Falls Church (no change from last week)
Frederick (no change from last week)
Fredericksburg (ranked low last week)
Goochland (no change from last week)
Hampton (ranked low last week)
Hanover (no change from last week)
Harrisonburg (no change from last week)
Highland (ranked low last week)
James City (no change from last week)
King and Queen (no change from last week)
King William (no change from last week)
Lancaster (no change from last week)
Loudoun (ranked low last week)
Middlesex (no change from last week)
Montgomery (no change from last week)
New Kent (no change from last week)
Northampton (ranked low last week)
Nottoway (no change from last week)
Page (no change from last week)
Pittsylvania (no change from last week)
Powhatan (no change from last week)
Richmond City (no change from last week)
Roanoke County (no change from last week)
Rockbridge (no change from last week)
Rockingham (no change from last week)
Shenandoah (no change from last week)
Spotsylvania (ranked low last week)
Stafford (ranked low last week)
Staunton (no change from last week)
Tazewell (ranked low last week)
Warren (ranked high last week)
Waynesboro (no change from last week)
Winchester (no change from last week)

COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Dec. 29, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Dec. 29, 2022.

Low Community Level

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

Albemarle (no change from last week)
Appomattox (ranked medium last week)
Bath (no change from last week)
Bedford (ranked high last week)
Bristol (ranked medium last week)
Brunswick (no change from last week)
Buckingham (no change from last week)
Campbell (ranked high last week)
Charlottesville (no change from last week)
Chesapeake (no change from last week)
Covington (ranked medium last week)
Craig (ranked medium last week)
Culpeper (no change from last week)
Emporia (no change from last week)
Fauquier (no change from last week)
Floyd (ranked medium last week)
Fluvanna (no change from last week)
Franklin City (no change from last week)
Franklin County (no change from last week)
Gloucester (no change from last week)
Greene (no change from last week)
Greensville (no change from last week)
Henry (no change from last week)
Isle of Wight (no change from last week)
Louisa (no change from last week)
Lynchburg (ranked medium last week)
Madison (ranked medium last week)
Manassas (no change from last week)
Manassas Park (no change from last week)
Martinsville (ranked medium 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)
Orange (no change from last week)
Patrick (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)
Roanoke City (ranked medium last week)
Russell (ranked medium last week)
Salem (ranked high last week)
Scott (ranked medium last week)
Smyth (ranked medium last week)
Southampton (no change from last week)
Suffolk (no change from last week)
Virginia Beach (no change from last week)
Washington (ranked high 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 High
    Albemarle Low
    Alexandria Medium
    Alleghany Medium
    Amelia Medium
    Amherst Medium
    Appomattox Low
    Arlington Medium
    Augusta Medium

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

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

    Danville Medium
    Dickenson High
    Dinwiddie High

    Emporia Low
    Essex High

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

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

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

    Isle of Wight Low

    James City Medium

    King and Queen Medium
    King George High
    King William Medium

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

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

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

    Orange Low

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

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

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

    Tazewell Medium

    Virginia Beach Low

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

    York Low

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