Monroe County classified as “high” COVID-19 level
Monroe County classified as “high” COVID-19 level

Monroe County classified as “high” COVID-19 level

Monroe County is one of several local counties to be classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having a high COVID-19 community level.

County health officials say two omicron sub-variants are leading to the increase in cases locally over the past month. The new variants spread about 25% faster than previous COVID-19 variants.

721 new cases were reported on Thursday, bringing the average of new cases per day to 592.

Looking back to this time last month, the average was around 104 new cases a day. That is more than a 400% increase.

The CDC has issued the following guidelines for counties with high levels of community of COVID-19:

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