Six of seven South Jersey counties now considered high risk for transmitting COVID-19

All 21 counties now ranked either ‘high’ or ‘substantial’ — meaning CDC recommends mask wearing indoors, even for those vaccinated

In a dramatic increase from just a week ago, nine of New Jersey’s 21 counties – including six of the seven that make up South Jersey are now considered to be “high” risk for transmitting COVID-19, according to the latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The ratings used data for the week ending Saturday.

Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem were all ranked as “high” for transmission, according to the CDC. Atlantic County was rated as having a “substantial” risk.

The difference in the eyes of the CDC is little. It recommends that anyone in a county that is considered to be of “high” risk or “substantial” risk wear a face covering – even if your vaccinated and even indoors (if it is a crowded location).

All 21 New Jersey counties are now rated either “high” or “substantial.” Hunterdon, Ocean and Monmouth also are rated as “high.”

A week ago, only one county (Monmouth) in the state was placed in the ‘high’ category.

Here’s a county-by-county list:

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