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CDC Map: Masks urged for 55 Virginia localities, including Metro Richmond

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on July 28, 2022.
Posted at 7:25 AM, Jul 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-30 18:25:34-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Universal masking is now recommended for 55 localities in Virginia, and that once again includes much of Metro Richmond, according to the COVID Community Levels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The update comes as Virginia's 7-day positivity rate climbed to 23.0%, new cases were essentially flat last week and 81.1% of Virginians 18+ had received at least one vaccine dose, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The 7-day moving average for COVID cases in the U.S. increased 0.5% as of July 20 and 83.5% 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, July 28 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.

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COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on July 28, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on July 28, 2022.

Fifty-five localities in Virginia rank as high where masking indoors is recommended by the CDC. That includes Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, King and Queen, King William, New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, the city of Richmond.

Sixty localities in the Commonwealth now rank as medium, including Caroline, Essex, Goochland, King George, Louisa, Northumberland and Richmond County.

Eighteen localities now rank as low.

Officials with the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) previously said areas in high have additional safety recommendations from the CDC.

"The biggest difference between high and some of the lower level guidance is we are strongly recommending people wear masks while in indoor public spaces now. Especially individuals who are immunocompromised, at high risk of severe illness, or those people that might be around people that are at higher risks," RHHD Epidemiologist Emily Rich said. "We also recommend that masks are worn anytime you're on public transportation that includes buses, airplanes, trains, etc. You should also wear masks in school or clinical settings. And of course, you can always wear masks if you just prefer to."

Rich said people who are immunocompromised should also consider additional precautions.

"There is a list on the CDC website of some conditions that might put you into that higher risk category," said Rich. "So, I definitely recommend people check the CDC website and talk to their healthcare providers to figure out what additional recommendations they might be following."

The CDC also continues to recommend people to get tested if they are showing symptoms, regardless of the level in their community.

"In Richmond, you can get free tests from some of the libraries," said Rich, who added you can also get free tests from the federal government. "And if you would like to get a test that's not an at home test, Richmond and Henrico do host several testing events each week, which you can find on our website. You can also always pick up tests from a pharmacy and submit a claim with your insurance if you have insurance."

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

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on July 28, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on July 28, 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
  • 55 Virginia localities this week; down from 60 localities last week

Amelia (no change from last week)
Amherst (no change from last week)
Appomattox (no change from last week)
Augusta (no change from last week)
Bland (no change from last week)
Botetourt (no change from last week)
Bristol (no change from last week)
Buchanan (ranked medium last week)
Buena Vista (no change from last week)
Campbell (no change from last week)
Charles City (ranked medium 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)
Cumberland (ranked medium last week)
Dickenson (ranked medium last week)
Dinwiddie (no change from last week)
Franklin County (ranked medium last week)
Frederick (no change from last week)
Halifax (no change from last week)
Hanover (no change from last week)
Harrisonburg (ranked low last week)
Henrico (no change from last week)
Hopewell (no change from last week)
King and Queen  (ranked medium last week)
King William (no change from last week)
Lancaster (ranked medium last week)
Lee (ranked medium last week)
Lunenburg (no change from last week)
Mecklenburg (ranked medium last week)
New Kent (ranked medium last week)
Norton (ranked medium last week)
Nottoway (no change from last week)
Petersburg (no change from last week)
Powhatan (ranked medium last week)
Prince Edward (no change from last week)
Prince George (no change from last week)
Richmond City (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)
Salem (ranked medium last week)
Scott (no change from last week)
Shenandoah (no change from last week)
Smyth (no change from last week)
Staunton (no change from last week)
Surry (ranked medium last week)
Sussex (ranked medium last week)
Tazewell (no change from last week)
Warren (ranked medium last week)
Washington (no change from last week)
Winchester (no change from last week)
Wise (ranked medium last week)

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
  • 60 Virginia localities this week; up from 55 change from 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)
Bedford (ranked high last week)
Brunswick (ranked low last week)
Buckingham (ranked high last week)
Caroline (ranked low last week)
Carroll (ranked high last week)
Charlottesville (ranked high last week)
Chesapeake (no change from last week)
Covington (no change from last week)
Craig (no change from last week)
Culpeper (ranked high last week)
Danville (no change from last week)
Emporia (ranked low last week)
Essex (no change from last week)
Fairfax County (no change from last week)
Falls Church (no change from last week)
Floyd (no change from last week)
Fluvanna (no change from last week)
Fredericksburg (ranked low last week)
Galax (ranked high last week)
Giles (ranked high last week)
Goochland (no change from last week)
Grayson (ranked high last week)
Greensville (ranked low week)
Hampton (no change from last week)
Henry (no change from last week)
Highland (no change from last week)
James City (no change from last week)
King George (no change from last week)
Lexington (no change from last week)
Louisa (no change from last week)
Lynchburg (ranked high last week)
Manassas (ranked low last week)
Martinsville (no change from last week)
Middlesex (ranked high last week)
Montgomery (ranked high last week)
Newport News (no change from last week)
Northampton (no change from last week)
Northumberland (no change from last week)
Orange (ranked high last week)
Page (ranked low last week)
Patrick (no change from last week)
Pittsylvania (no change from last week)
Portsmouth (ranked high last week)
Prince William (no change from last week)
Pulaski (ranked high last week)
Radford (ranked high last week)
Richmond County  (ranked high last week)
Rockbridge (ranked high last week)
Southampton (ranked high last week)
Spotsylvania (ranked low last week)
Stafford (no change from last week)
Suffolk (ranked high last week)
Virginia Beach (no change from last week)
Waynesboro (ranked high last week)
Westmoreland (ranked high last week)
Wythe (ranked high last week)

Low Community Level

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • 18 Virginia localities this week; up from 17 last week

Alleghany (ranked medium last week)
Bath (ranked high last week)
Fairfax City  (no change from last week)
Fauquier (no change from last week)
Franklin City (ranked medium last week)
Gloucester (no change from last week)
Greene (ranked medium last week)
Isle of Wight (ranked high last week)
Loudoun (ranked medium last week)
Madison (ranked medium last week)
Manassas Park (ranked medium last week)
Mathews (no change from last week)
Nelson (ranked high last week)
Norfolk (ranked medium last week)
Poquoson (no change from last week)
Rappahannock (ranked medium last week)
Williamsburg (no change from last week)
York  (no change from last week)

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County-by-county look at COVID-19 cases in Virginia; which areas saw most cases last week

Full Virginia City/County-by-County Breakdown
Accomack Medium
Albemarle Medium
Alexandria Medium
Alleghany Low
Amelia High
Amherst High
Appomattox High
rlington Medium
Augusta High

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

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

Danville Medium
Dickenson High
Dinwiddie High

Emporia Medium
Essex Medium

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

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

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

Isle of Wight Low

James City Medium

King and Queen High
King George Medium
King William High

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

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

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

Orange Medium

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

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

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

Tazewell High

Virginia Beach Medium

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

York Low

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