4 N.J. counties now considered ‘high’ risk for transmitting COVID

20 counties are ranked either ‘high’ or ‘substantial’ — meaning CDC recommends mask wearing indoors, even for those vaccinated

Two more New Jersey counties were upgraded to “high” risk for transmitting COVID-19, according to the latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Thursday afternoon.

Burlington and Cumberland counties were upgraded from “substantial” to “high,” joining Monmouth and Cape May in that category.

The CDC previously said anyone in a county where the risk of transmission of COVID-19 was “substantial” or “high” should wear a mask in crowded indoor locations — even if they have been vaccinated.

Twenty of the state’s 21 counties are now in one of those two categories, as 16 are rated “substantial.”

Warren County remains the only county rated as having “moderate” risk. No county was judged to be in the “low” category.

Here are the rankings as of Thursday. They are updated daily, here.

Here’s a county-by-county list:

  • Atlantic: Substantial
  • Bergen: Substantial
  • Burlington: High
  • Camden: Substantial
  • Cape May: High
  • Cumberland: High
  • Essex: Substantial
  • Gloucester: Substantial
  • Hudson: Substantial
  • Hunterdon: Substantial
  • Mercer: Substantial
  • Middlesex: Substantial
  • Monmouth: High
  • Morris: Substantial
  • Ocean: Substantial
  • Passaic: Substantial
  • Salem: Substantial
  • Somerset: Substantial
  • Sussex: Substantial
  • Union: Substantial
  • Warren: Moderate