2 North Jersey counties now listed as ‘high’ risk for transmitting COVID by CDC, making 12 total

More than half the counties in New Jersey are now considered “high” risk for transmitting COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Essex and Union counties were upgraded from “substantial” risk to “high” risk for weeklong data through Wednesday, Aug. 11.

All 21 counties in the state are in either the “substantial” or “high” risk range, meaning they meet the level that the CDC recommends for indoor masking — even for people who are vaccinated.

But the latest data release shows the areas that are most susceptible to transmitting COVID-19 are moving north. (All seven South Jersey counties, as well as Ocean, Monmouth and Hunterdon, are at the “high” level.)

The risk of transmission is creeping up in Pennsylvania, too.

Through Wednesday, 16 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties are rated as “high” — an increase by five from just two days before.

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: High
  • 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: High
  • Warren: Substantial