10 N.J. counties — including all of South Jersey — are now considered ‘high’ risk for transmitting COVID

All 21 counties continue to rank either ‘high’ or ‘substantial’ — meaning CDC recommends mask-wearing indoors, even for those vaccinated

The areas at the highest risk of transmitting COVID-19 in New Jersey continue to grow, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Using data for the week ending Monday, Aug. 8, Atlantic County has been upgraded from “substantial” risk to “high” risk, meaning all seven counties that make up South Jersey are listed as red.

Three additional counties — Hunterdon, Monmouth and Ocean — also are rated as “high.” The state’s other 11 counties are rated as being at “substantial” risk for transmitting COVID-19.

All 21 counties in New Jersey continue to meet the CDC guidelines suggesting face coverings — even indoors, even for the vaccinated. That distinction goes to any county rated as “high” or “substantial.”

But the latest county ranking, released by the CDC on Tuesday, shows the situation in the state is getting slightly worse.

And if you think every state is in this situation, think again. Only 11 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties are rated as “high.” In fact, 17 are rated as only having a “moderate” risk for transmitting COVID.

Monroe and Northampton counties, which border Warren County in New Jersey, are two of the high-risk areas in Pennsylvania.

Here’s a county-by-county list for New Jersey:

  • Atlantic: High
  • 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