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Allegany County Drops from High to Medium in COVID Transmission Rates

March 5th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

On Thursday, the CDC released updated data which show Allegany County at the medium COVID-19 community level.  This is an improvement from last week when the county was at a high COVID-19 community level.  CDC COVID-19 community levels measure the impact of COVID-19 illness on health and healthcare systems.


To determine each county’s COVID-19 community level, the CDC looks at a combination of three metrics – new COVID-19 cases, new COVID-19 hospital admissions, and the percent of hospital beds occupied by COVID patients.


The CDC recommends different prevention strategies at different COVID-19 community levels. At the medium level, where Allegany County is currently, recommendations include: staying up-to-date on vaccines and boosters, maintaining improved ventilation in indoor spaces, following CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, getting tested for COVID-19 if you are exposed or are experiencing symptoms, and taking additional precautions if you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease. The CDC recommends wearing a mask in public, indoor spaces at the high COVID-19 community level but not at the medium level. For more information on CDC COVID-19 community levels, see:


The Allegany County Health Department offers free COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals ages 12 and older on Wednesdays at the Allegany County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  No appointment is needed for first and second doses of Moderna vaccine (age 18+) and first, second, and booster doses of Pfizer vaccine (age 12+).  Appointments are still required for the Moderna booster vaccine and individuals may schedule an appointment by visiting and clicking on the preferred clinic date.


The next youth Pfizer vaccine clinic (ages 5 to 11) is slated for Wednesday, March 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Willowbrook Office Complex at 12501 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland, MD.  Appointments are required for that clinic and can be scheduled at


For assistance registering for an appointment, county residents can call the COVID-19 call center at 240-650-3999. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are also widely available at local pharmacies, urgent care clinics, and some primary care providers. 


Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is still being offered at the Allegany County Fairgrounds (11400 Moss Ave., Cumberland) on Mondays from 2 to 7 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.




  • CDC COVID-19 Community Level:  Medium
  • New COVID Cases: 34 (cumulative total 17,009)  
  • Additional Deaths: 1 (cumulative total 349)
  • Cases Per 100,000 People: 19.07 (Maryland: 7.91)
  • Positivity Rate: 6.63% (Maryland: 1.85%)
  • Percentage of County Population Fully Vaccinated: 55.3%