What do high COVID-19 transmission rates mean to you in most states? – Community News

What do high COVID-19 transmission rates mean to you in most states?

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ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) — The biggest travel time of the year is approaching as Americans prepare for Thanksgiving. Currently, transmission levels of COVID-19 are high in 39 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID Data Tracker.

While New York is one of those 39 states where community transfer is considered high, states with the highest rates of transfer are two to four times higher than the Empire State.

The top five states where transmission levels are highest are South Dakota, where the seven-day average positivity rate is 15-19.9%, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, where the positivity rate for all four is between 10-14.9 % lies. , based on CDC data. The New York rate is 3-4.9%.

There are also six other states with transmission rates between 10-14.9%. Below is a table of states with a rate of 10% or higher.

Stands Community transmission Caserate of seven days
per 100,000
Seven days
Percent positivity
Arizona high 293.7 10-14.9%
Colorado high 361 10-14.9%
Idaho high 270 10-14.9%
Iowa high 277.7 10-14.9%
Michigan high 342.5 10-14.9%
Montana high 409.3 10-14.9%
Nebraska high 292.5 10-14.9%
Nevada high 179.8 10-14.9%
New Mexico high 393.5 10-14.9%
south dakota high 283.8 15-19.9%
Utah high 359.2 10-14.9%
Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker

States with the lowest seven-day average positivity rate, less than 3%, are Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Despite having a low positivity rate, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have all been labeled as areas of high community transmission by the CDC. Connecticut, Hawaii and Louisiana have been labeled as areas of significant virus transmission, the second-highest warning label given by the CDC.

AAA predicts Thanksgiving travel will once again rival pre-pandemic levels. They estimate that 53.4 million Americans will travel for the holidays. The CDC recommends that people be fully vaccinated before traveling, but that may not be possible for people who haven’t started Pfizer or Moderna’s two-part COVID vaccine series. There is still plenty of time for people to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving if they do it on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Want to know more about your Thanksgiving travel destination? Johns Hopkins University has a map that allows users to search a state down to the provincial level. They provide transmission level information, more detailed case information, as well as how many ICU beds are available and how many are occupied by COVID-positive patients.

Are you planning to visit the nation’s capital over the Thanksgiving holiday? The District of Columbia has a seven-day average positivity rate of less than 3% and has been identified by the CDC as an area of ​​significant COVID transmission.