CDC Requires High Coved Masks in 36 Circles of New York

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires masks in 36 counties in New York State due to high levels of Covid-19.

The CDC updated Covey’s “high” (orange), “medium” (yellow) or “low” (green) threat areas on Thursday. More than 87% of the U.S. is still in green areas, but 79 counties across the country are at higher risk than 40 two weeks ago, and almost half of them are in the Empire State:

  • Albany County
  • broom district
  • Kayuga County
  • Chemung County
  • Clinton County
  • County of Columbia
  • Cortland County
  • Erie County
  • Essex County
  • Franklin County
  • Genesee County
  • Herkimer County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lewis County
  • Livingston County
  • Madison County
  • Monroe County
  • Niagara County
  • Onida County
  • Onondaga County
  • Ontario County
  • Orleans County
  • Osvego County
  • Rensseller County
  • Saratoga County
  • Shenektadi County
  • Seneca County
  • St. Lawrence County
  • Stuben County
  • Thioga County
  • Tompkins County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
  • Wayne County
  • Wyoming County
  • Yates County

Note: In the previous version of this story, Montgomery County was included in the Covey High and Middle Level List. Montgomery is currently yellow (medium); Overall, 36 counties are orange (high level) and not 37.

Thirty-seven counties in New York State were considered high-risk last week, but three of them – Hamilton, Montgomery and Schuyler – fell to an average Coved level this week. The District of Columbia and the District of Essex have risen to the level of Covid.

For comparison, four weeks ago, only three counties in New York were considered high risk: Onondaga, Osvego and Kayuga counties. The list rose to 23 as it spread from Central New York two weeks ago; Areas with high levels of Covey now include the nearby counties of Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Currently, 22 counties in New York State are at moderate risk (12 counties last week), including Cattaraugus County, Chenango County, Delaware County, Dutch County, Fulton County, Green County, Hamilton County, Kings County, Montgomery County, Nassau County. York County, Otsego County, Putnam County, Queens County, Richmond County, Rockland County, Shohari County, Schuyler County, Suffolk County, Sullivan County, Ulster County and Westchester County.

Only four counties are still at low risk: Alleghani County, Bronx County, Chautaukwa County and Orange County.

According to new CDC guidelines issued in February, masks are not required indoors and are not required in areas where the level of the Covid community is high. The masking recommendations are now based on three factors – Covid’s hospitalization, hospital capacity and new Covid cases – focusing more on preventing hospital drowning, with fewer positive tests intensified in the omicron wave in December and January.

The masks are not recommended for use at home, including in schools or in areas with moderate or low community levels, but people with weakened immune systems and other people at risk of severe illness may still want to wear masks at home and away from crowds.

The Covid community did not offer masks in any of New York State’s districts in early March, but did not do so due to the proliferation of highly contagious BA.2 variants in Syracuse and the end of the widespread mask. – Decreased wear and tear. According to the State Department of Health, CNY was one of the first in the United States to see a “significant community outbreak” of the rapidly spreading BA.2.12 and related BA.2.12.1 omicron strains.

Covid’s cases have begun to decline in the Syracuse region, but hospitalization is a greater factor than positive tests in offering masks under the CDC’s new guidelines. New York City residents hospitalized with Covid-19 tripled from 41 to 126 in mid-March, according to county executive Ryan McMahon; In the first 20 days of April, 18 residents of Onondag County also died in the last two weeks, compared to just six deaths.

Hospitalizations and deaths are declining, but it may take several weeks to show up.

The CDC updates the Community Level every Thursday. The map provides recommendations for wearing a mask, but does not specify the purpose of wearing a mask.

New York State still requires masks for medical facilities, nursing homes, courts, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, public transportation, taxis, and taxis like Uber and Lyft. Children should also wear them to school in some cases, such as when they are in contact with someone for 10 days with Covid.

The CDC also says that those with Covid-19 symptoms or a positive test should wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status or level of danger in the community.


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