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CDC Map: Masks recommended for 65 Virginia localities, including much of Metro Richmond

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Jan. 12, 2023.
Posted at 9:17 PM, Jan 12, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-12 23:34:54-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Masking is now recommended for 65 localities in the Commonwealth and that continues to include much of Metro Richmond and most of the WTVR CBS 6 viewing area, 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. increased 16.2% Jan. 6 and 85.4% 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, Jan. 12 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 Jan. 12, 2023.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Jan. 12, 2023.

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

Sixty-five localities — including Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Middlesex, Petersburg, Prince Edward and Prince George in Central Virginia — rank as high where masking indoors is recommended by the CDC. That is up from 57 localities that ranked as high last week.

Forty-eight localities — including Essex, King and Queen, King William, Louisa, New Kent, Northumberland, Powhatan, Richmond City and Richmond County in Central Virginia — rank as medium. Forty-six localities ranked as medium last week.

The remaining 20 localities in the Commonwealth rank as low. That is down from the 30 localities that ranked as low last week.

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Jan. 12, 2023.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on Jan. 12, 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
  • 65 Virginia localities this week; up from 57 localities last week

Accomack (ranked medium last week)
Alexandria (ranked low last week)
Alleghany (no change from last week)
Amelia (no change from last week)
Amherst (no change from last week)
Appomattox (no change from last week)
Augusta (ranked medium last week)
Bath (ranked medium last week)
Bedford (no change from last week)
Bland (no change from last week)
Botetourt (no change from last week)
Bristol (no change from last week)
Campbell (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 medium last week)
Colonial Heights (no change from last week)
Covington (no change from last week)
Cumberland (no change from last week)
Danville (ranked medium last week)
Dinwiddie (no change from last week)
Fairfax City (ranked medium last week)
Galax (no change from last week)
Gloucester (ranked medium last week)
Goochland (no change from last week)
Grayson (ranked medium last week)
Halifax (no change from last week)
Hampton (no change from last week)
Hanover (no change from last week)
Henrico (no change from last week)
Hopewell (no change from last week)
Lancaster (no change from last week)
Lunenburg (no change from last week)
Lynchburg (no change from last week)
Martinsville (ranked low last week)
Mathews (no change from last week)
Mecklenburg (no change from last week)
Middlesex (no change from last week)
Newport News (ranked medium last week)
Nottoway (no change from last week)
Page (ranked medium last week)
Patrick (ranked low last week)
Petersburg (no change from last week)
Pittsylvania (ranked low last week)
Portsmouth (ranked medium last week)
Prince Edward (no change from last week)
Prince George (no change from last week)
Pulaski (ranked medium last week)
Radford (ranked medium last week)
Roanoke County (no change from last week)
Roanoke City (no change from last week)
Rockbridge (ranked medium last week)
Russell (no change from last week)
Scott (ranked medium last week)
Shenandoah (ranked medium last week)
Staunton (ranked medium last week)
Surry (no change from last week)
Sussex (no change from last week)
Tazewell (no change from last week)
Warren (ranked medium last week)
Washington (ranked medium last week)
Westmoreland (no change from last week)
Wythe (ranked medium last week)

COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Jan. 12, 2023.
COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Jan. 12, 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
  • 48 Virginia localities this week; down from 46 last week

Arlington (ranked low last week)
Buchanan (ranked low last week)
Buena Vista (ranked high last week)
Chesapeake (no change from last week)
Craig (ranked high last week)
Dickenson (ranked low last week)
Essex (ranked high last week)
Fairfax County (ranked low last week)
Falls Church (ranked low last week)
Floyd (ranked high last week)
Franklin City (no change from last week)
Franklin County (ranked high last week)
Frederick (ranked low last week)
Giles (ranked high last week)
Harrisonburg (no change from last week)
Henry (no change from last week)
Highland (no change from last week)
Isle of Wight (no change from last week)
James City (no change from last week)
King and Queen (ranked high last week)
King William (ranked high last week)
Lexington (no change from last week)
Loudoun (ranked low last week)
Louisa (ranked low last week)
Manassas (ranked low last week)
Manassas Park (ranked low last week)
Montgomery (no change from last week)
New Kent (ranked high last week)
Norfolk (no change from last week)
Northampton (no change from last week)
Northumberland (ranked high last week)
Norton (no change from last week)
Poquoson (no change from last week)
Powhatan (ranked high last week)
Prince William (ranked low last week)
Richmond City (ranked high last week)
Richmond County (ranked high last week)
Rockingham (no change from last week)
Salem (ranked high last week)
Smyth (no change from last week)
Southampton (no change from last week)
Suffolk (no change from last week)
Virginia Beach (no change from last week)
Waynesboro (no change from last week)
Williamsburg (no change from last week)
Winchester (no change from last week)
Wise (ranked low last week)
York (no change from last week)

COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Jan. 12, 2023.
COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels calculated on Jan. 12, 2023.

Low Community Level

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • 20 Virginia localities this week; down from 30 last week

Albemarle (no change from last week)
Brunswick (no change from last week)
Buckingham (no change from last week)
Caroline (ranked medium last week)
Charlottesville (ranked medium last week)
Culpeper (no change from last week)
Emporia (no change from last week)
Fauquier (no change from last week)
Fluvanna (no change from last week)
Fredericksburg (ranked high last week)
Greene (no change from last week)
Greensville (no change from last week)
King George (ranked medium last week)
Lee (no change from last week)
Madison (no change from last week)
Nelson (no change from last week)
Orange (no change from last week)
Rappahannock (no change from last week)
Spotsylvania (ranked medium last week)
Stafford (ranked medium last week)

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    Full Virginia City/County-by-County Breakdown

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

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

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

    Danville High
    Dickenson Medium
    Dinwiddie High

    Emporia Low
    Essex Medium

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

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

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

    Isle of Wight Medium

    James City Medium

    King and Queen Medium
    King George Low
    King William Medium

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

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

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

    Orange Low

    Page High

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

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

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

    Tazewell High

    Virginia Beach Medium

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

    York Medium

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