Blair County enters ‘substantial’ transmission of COVID-19, masks highly advised by CDC


(WTAJ) — Blair County has been added to the “substantial” category of COVID-19 transmission and two others are “high” according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Blair County entered the “substantial” level of transmission Friday as Somerset County was placed back in that category as well.

Clearfield County was recently added to the “high” category with Bedford County after analyzing the positivity rate of new COVID-19 cases from Aug. 4 to Aug. 10.

Cambria, Centre, Elk, Blair, Somerset and Jefferson counties are currently in the “substantial” category.

For counties with a substantial or high level of transmission, the CDC recommends that people wear masks indoors, even if they are fully vaccinated.

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Pennsylvania map from the CDC county tracker. (Blue-Low, Yellow-Moderate, Orange-Substantial, Red-High)

Huntingdon County dropped down and joined Cameron County in the “moderate” level of transmission.

None of Pennsylvania is in the “low” level.

As of this writing, vaccine data shows 63.9% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated in the commonwealth, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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The Department of Health also reported more than 1,000 new COVID cases daily in August.

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