- Although plateauing, case rates remain high. Current rates are 5.5 times higher than the mean rates of Summer 2021. Infections are likely much higher due to lower case ascertainment rates.
- Hospitalizations have grown slowly but consistently for the past few weeks, even as cases have remained relatively stable.
- According to the CDC’s Nowcast, the BA.5 subvariant now accounts for 4 out of every 5 new cases in the region.
- A total of 55 localities are now at High community levels. At these levels, the CDC recommends masking in public indoor places for all residents. A further 60 are at Medium community levels. High risk individuals in these communities should also consider masking.
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