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Stats say nearby counties should mask up

Clearfield, Somerset listed as in ‘substantial transmission range’

Residents in Somerset and Clearfield counties should be masking up indoors, even those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, according to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties remain in the moderate range in COVID-19 transmission values, Somerset, Clearfield and Indiana counties are among more than two dozen of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties listed as being in the substantial transmission range.

The CDC recently updated its COVID-19 guidelines and is now urging residents who live in counties with substantial or high levels of community transmission to wear masks in indoor spaces, no matter their vaccination status.

The CDC classifies transmission levels as low if zero to 10 new cases per 100,000 residents were reported over the past week. Counties with moderate transmission levels — where Blair County currently is listed — are reporting 15 to 50 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week.

A substantial transmission rate is 50 to 100 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week. A high transmission rate is 100 or more new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week.

Only one county — Crawford County — is in the high range, while two counties — Fulton and Tioga — report low transmission rates.

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