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CDC Map: Metro Richmond remains medium; masks recommended for 16 Virginia localities

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Feb 2, 2023.
Posted at 6:47 PM, Feb 03, 2023

RICHMOND, Va. — Masking is now recommended for 16 localities in the Commonwealth, including five parts of the WTVR CBS 6 viewing area as much of Metro Richmond remains medium, 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 decreased to 15.5%, new cases were down 8% last week and 73.7% of Virginia's population was fully vaccinated, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The 7-day moving average for weekly COVID cases in the U.S. decreased 6.7% as of Feb. 1 and 85.5% 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, Feb. 2 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: 630+ COVID-19 patients discharged this week; Virginia hospitalizations down 8%

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Feb 2, 2023.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Feb 2, 2023.

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

Sixteen localities — including Charles City, Emporia, Greensville, Hopewell and Prince Edward in Central Virginia — rank as high where masking indoors is recommended by the CDC. That is up from 12 localities that ranked as high last week.

Sixty-two localities — including Amelia, Cumberland, Brunswick, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond City and Richmond County in Central Virginia — rank as medium. Sixty-three localities ranked as medium last week.

The remaining 55 localities in the Commonwealth rank as low. That is down from the 58 localities that ranked as low last week.

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Feb 2, 2023.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Feb 2, 2023.

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
  • 16 Virginia localities this week; up from 12 localities last week

Alleghany (ranked low last week)
Amherst (no change from last week)
Buena Vista (ranked medium last week)
Charles City (ranked medium last week)
Covington (ranked medium last week)
Dickenson (no change from last week)
Emporia (no change from last week)
Greensville (no change from last week)
Hopewell (ranked medium last week)
Lee (ranked medium last week)
Lexington (ranked medium last week)
Norton (no change from last week)
Prince Edward (no change from last week)
Radford (ranked low last week)
Wise (ranked medium last week)
Wythe (ranked medium last week)

COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Feb. 2, 2023.
COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Feb. 2, 2023.

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 63 last week

Amelia (no change from last week)
Appomattox (no change from last week)
Augusta (ranked low last week)
Bath (ranked low last week)
Bedford (no change from last week)
Bland (ranked high last week)
Botetourt (no change from last week)
Brunswick (no change from last week)
Campbell (no change from last week)
Caroline (ranked low last week)
Charlotte (no change from last week)
Chesterfield (no change from last week)
Colonial Heights (no change from last week)
Craig (no change from last week)
Cumberland (no change from last week)
Dinwiddie (no change from last week)
Essex (no change from last week)
Floyd (no change from last week)
Franklin County (no change from last week)
Fredericksburg (ranked low last week)
Galax (no change from last week)
Giles (ranked low last week)
Goochland (no change from last week)
Grayson (ranked low last week)
Halifax (no change from last week)
Hanover (no change from last week)
Harrisonburg (no change from last week)
Henrico (no change from last week)
Highland (ranked low last week)
King and Queen (no change from last week)
King George (ranked low last week)
King William (no change from last week)
Lancaster (no change from last week)
Lunenburg (no change from last week)
Lynchburg (no change from 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 (no change from last week)
Page (no change from last week)
Petersburg (no change from last week)
Powhatan (no change from last week)
Prince George (no change from last week)
Pulaski (no change from 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)
Rockbridge (ranked low last week)
Rockingham (no change from last week)
Salem (no change from last week)
Spotsylvania (ranked low last week)
Stafford (ranked low last week)
Staunton (ranked low last week)
Surry (no change from last week)
Sussex (no change from last week)
Tazewell (ranked high last week)
Washington (no change from last week)
Waynesboro (ranked low last week)
Westmoreland (ranked high last week)

COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Feb. 2, 2023.
COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Feb. 2, 2023.

Low Community Level

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • 55 Virginia localities this week; up from 58 last week

Accomack (no change from last week)
Albemarle (no change from last week)
Alexandria (no change from last week)
Arlington (no change from last week)
Bristol (ranked medium last week)
Buchanan (ranked high last week)
Buckingham (no change from last week)
Carroll (ranked medium last week)
Charlottesville (no change from last week)
Chesapeake (no change from last week)
Clarke (ranked medium last week)
Culpeper (no change from last week)
Danville (ranked medium last week)
Fairfax City (no change from last week)
Fairfax County (no change from last week)
Falls Church (no change from last week)
Fauquier (no change from last week)
Fluvanna (no change from last week)
Franklin City (ranked medium last week)
Frederick (ranked medium last week)
Gloucester (no change from last week)
Greene (no change from last week)
Hampton (no change from last week)
Henry (no change from last week)
Isle of Wight (no change from last week)
James City (no change from last week)
Loudoun (no change from last week)
Louisa (no change from last week)
Madison (no change from last week)
Manassas (no change from last week)
Manassas Park (no change from last week)
Martinsville (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 (no change from last week)
Patrick (no change from last week)
Pittsylvania (no change from 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)
Russell (ranked high last week)
Scott (ranked medium last week)
Shenandoah (ranked medium last week)
Smyth (ranked high last week)
Southampton (no change from last week)
Suffolk (no change from last week)
Virginia Beach (no change from last week)
Warren (ranked medium last week)
Williamsburg (no change from last week)
Winchester (ranked medium last week)
York (no change from last week)

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    Full Virginia City/County-by-County Breakdown

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

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

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

    Danville Low
    Dickenson High
    Dinwiddie Medium

    Emporia High
    Essex Medium

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

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

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

    Isle of Wight Low

    James City Low

    King and Queen Medium
    King George Medium
    King William Medium

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

    Madison Low
    Manassas Low
    Manassas Park Low
    Martinsville Low
    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 Low
    Petersburg Medium
    Pittsylvania Low
    Poquoson Low
    Portsmouth Low
    Powhatan Medium
    Prince Edward High
    Prince George Medium
    Prince William Low
    Pulaski Medium

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

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

    Tazewell Medium

    Virginia Beach Low

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

    York Low

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