Mask Wearing Now Recommended for Most of Region, State Adds 1,731 New COVID-19 Cases | Coronavirus

With the continued increase in COVID-19 cases, mask wear is now recommended for indoor public places almost anywhere in the region, according to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only Blair County remains solidly within the CDC’s range for moderate community transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Indiana, Clearfield and Westmoreland counties have all moved to High Range, where masking is recommended, even for fully vaccinated people. Recommendations that unvaccinated people should wear masks in public places anywhere remain in place.

Central County remains on the border between moderate and high spread.

The low spread corresponds to less than 15 new cases per 100,000 people or less than 5% positivity. The moderate spread is 15 to 50 new cases per 100,000 people or 5 to 8% positivity. The substantial spread is 50-100 new cases per 100,000 people or 8-10% positivity. High spread corresponds to more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people or more than 10% positivity.

Central County had 49.9 cases per 100,000 for seven days. Blair County has had 27.9 cases per 100,000.

The remaining counties in the region range from 55.9 cases per 100,000 in Indiana County to 75.7 cases per 100,000 in Clearfield County.

Thursday’s update from the Pennsylvania Department of Health added 1,731 new positives and seven more deaths, bringing the state’s total to 1,232,185 cases and 27,890 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

There were no additional deaths in the Eight County area.

Cambria, Somerset, Bedford and Blair counties each added 10 cases; Indiana County added nine; Clearfield County added 11; Center County added 14 and Westmoreland added 34.

The combination of Thursday’s reports from the State Department of Health and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health shows that vaccine suppliers have administered 13,539,673 doses and 6,591,887 people are fully immunized.

The CDC reports that 63.3% of all adults in Pennsylvania are now fully vaccinated.

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 814-532-5057. Follow him on twitter @ PhotoGriffer57.

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