Clearfield, Somerset, other PA counties should wear masks indoors according to CDC data


(WTAJ) — According to CDC data, Clearfield and Somerset counties, along with numerous others in the state, are considered high or substantial transmission and are recommended to wear a mask indoors, even if vaccinated.

Photo: CDC (Blue-Low, Yellow-Moderate, Orange-Substantial, Red-High)

Crawford County is currently listed as “high” transmission by the CDC.

The counties with “substantial” transmission in our viewing region are:

  • Clearfield
  • Somerset
  • Indiana(bordering our central PA region)

The CDC recommends that people wear masks indoors, even if they are fully vaccinated if they are in areas with substantial or high transmission of COVID-19. That includes almost two-thirds of all counties in the country.

The remaining 8 counties in the WTAJ viewing area are currently labeled with “moderate” transmission. The latest weekly community spread rates for counties reflect the period between July 25 and July 31, Sunday to Saturday.

While Pennsylvania reports 63.2% of the state is fully vaccinated, Clearfield County shows only 45.3% of their population has at least one dose of a vaccine.

The CDC and other health organizations continue to emphasize that the way to slow the spread of COVID-19, regardless of the variant at this time, is to get vaccinated.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent CDC update on Monday, August 2nd showing Somerset County in “substantial.” This story was originally published before the CDC update and showed only Clearfield County in the orange.

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