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Parts of Virginia rank high, more of Central Virginia is medium, updated CDC map shows

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on May 19, 2022.
Posted at 8:20 AM, May 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-22 19:31:35-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia once again has several localities that rank as high for the first time since late March. Additionally, more cities and counties in Central Virginia are ranked as medium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The update comes as new cases in Virginia increased 25% this week and 73.6% of Virginians are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the Virginia Department of Health. COVID cases in the U.S. increased 18.8% from the prior week, and 82.6% of the country's total population (people 5+) has received at least one vaccine dose, the CDC reported in its weekly update.

The agency released an updated map Thursday, May 19 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 May 19, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on May 19, 2022.

Five localities in Virginia, Augusta, Highland, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro, now rank as high where masking indoors is recommended by the CDC. This is the first time since the Commonwealth has seen high levels since the week of March 24.

New parts of Metro Richmond that rank as medium now include the City of Richmond, Goochland and New Kent counties. Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico and Prince George continue to be ranked as medium while Hopewell, Petersburg and Powhatan dropped from medium to low.

People in areas ranked as low, medium do not need to wear masks, according to the CDC. But those at high risk for severe illness are urged to talk to their healthcare provider about whether to wear a mask and take other precautions.

These CDC measures, which were announced Friday, Feb. 25, focus less on positive test results and more on what’s happening at hospitals.

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

COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on May 19, 2022.
COVID-19 Community Levels calculated on May 19, 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
  • 5 Virginia localities this week; up from 0 localities last week

Augusta (ranked medium last week)
Highland (ranked medium last week)
Lexington (ranked medium last week)
Staunton (ranked medium last week)
Waynesboro (ranked low 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
  • 52 Virginia localities this week; up from 30 localities last week

Albemarle (no change from last week)
Alexandria (no change from last week)
Arlington (no change from last week)
Bedford (no change from last week)
Buena Vista (ranked low last week)
Carroll (ranked low last week)
Charlotte (ranked low last week)
Charlottesville (no change)
Chesapeake (no change)
Chesterfield (no change)
Cumberland (ranked low last week)
Danville (ranked low last week)
Dinwiddie (no change)
Fairfax County (no change)
Falls Church (no change)
Fluvanna (ranked low last week)
Franklin (ranked low last week)
Fredericksburg (no change)
Galax (ranked low last week)
Giles (ranked low last week)
Goochland (ranked low last week)
Grayson (ranked low last week)
Greene (no change)
Halifax (no change)
Hampton (ranked low last week)
Hanover (no change)
Henrico (no change)
James City (no change)
King George (ranked low last week)
Loudoun (no change)
Louisa (ranked low last week)
Manassas (ranked low last week)
Manassas Park (ranked low last week)
Montgomery (no change)
New Kent (ranked low last week)
Newport News (ranked low last week)
Norton (ranked low last week)
Nottoway (no change)
Orange (ranked low last week)
Prince George (no change)
Prince William (ranked low last week)
Radford (ranked low last week)
Richmond City(ranked low last week)
Richmond County (ranked low last week)
Roanoke City (ranked low last week)
Roanoke County (ranked low last week)
Rockbridge (ranked low last week)
Spotsylvania (ranked low last week)
Stafford (no change)
Suffolk (ranked low last week)
Virginia Beach (ranked low last week)
York (ranked low last week)

    Low Community Level

    • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
    • Get tested if you have symptoms
    • 76 Virginia localities this week; down from 103 localities last week

    Accomack
    Alleghany
    Amelia
    Amherst
    Appomattox
    Bath
    Bland
    Botetourt
    Bristol
    Brunswick
    Buchanan
    Buckingham
    Campbell
    Caroline
    Charles City (ranked medium last week)
    Clarke
    Colonial Heights
    Covington (ranked medium last week)
    Craig
    Culpeper
    Dickenson
    Emporia
    Essex
    Fairfax
    Fauquier
    Floyd
    Franklin
    Frederick
    Gloucester
    Greensville
    Harrisonburg
    Henry
    Hopewell (ranked medium last week)
    Isle of Wight
    King and Queen
    King William
    Lancaster
    Lee
    Lunenburg
    Lynchburg
    Madison
    Martinsville
    Mathews
    Mecklenburg
    Middlesex
    Nelson
    Norfolk
    Northampton
    Northumberland
    Page
    Patrick
    Petersburg (ranked medium last week)
    Pittsylvania
    Poquoson
    Portsmouth
    Powhatan (ranked medium last week)
    Prince Edward
    Pulaski
    Rappahannock
    Rockingham
    Russell
    Salem
    Scott
    Shenandoah
    Smyth
    Southampton
    Surry (ranked medium last week)
    Sussex (ranked medium last week)
    Tazewell
    Warren
    Washington
    Westmoreland
    Williamsburg
    Winchester
    Wise
    Wythe

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    Full Virginia City/County-by-County Breakdown

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

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

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

    Danville Medium
    Dickenson Low
    Dinwiddie Medium

    Emporia Low
    Essex Low

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

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

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

    Isle of Wight Low

    James City Medium

    King and Queen Low
    King George Medium
    King William Low

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

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

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

    Orange Medium

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

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

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

    Tazewell Low

    Virginia Beach Medium

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

    York Medium

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