Seven MA Counties Now At ‘High’ On CDC COVID Level Map


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — In a new update to the CDC's COVID-19 community levels map, half of Massachusetts counties are considered to have 'high' levels of transmission.

That means federal health officials are recommending you mask up indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in these counties:

  • Suffolk
  • Worcester
  • Middlesex
  • Norfolk
  • Barnstable
  • Berkshire
  • Franklin

Only Bristol County is still considered 'low' for COVID spread. The remaining counties are all 'medium' transmission, where individuals at high risk for COVID are advised to speak to a doctor about face coverings.

The northeast has been hit hardest so far in this current surge driven by sub-variants of Omicron, and the CDC map makes that plain:


The Massachusetts DPH says 3,863 new positive COVID-19 tests were reported to the state today. The 7-day average positive test rate rose to 6.63%.

576 patients with COVID are in Massachusetts hospitals, and 17 more people have died.

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