COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Franklin County joined a growing list of central Ohio counties for having a high level of community transmission of COVID-19 as determined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Franklin County was moved from orange to red Monday.

High, or red, is the highest of four levels of transmission. For any county with substantial or high transmission, the CDC recommends all people, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in indoor public settings.

Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts recommends everyone wear masks indoors and in crowded areas. She is also urging those who are unvaccinated to get their shots, as the number of cases continues to rise.

“The rate of which we’re going up — our positivity rate — it should scare everyone and should get them to change their behaviors to wear the mask, to get vaccinated, and be mindful of the crowds they’re in, the places they’re going, who they could be exposed to,” she said Tuesday.

The CDC moved Delaware and Pickaway counties from orange (substantial transmission) to red on Friday.

In addition to Franklin County, these central Ohio counties have high transmission:

  • Crawford
  • Delaware
  • Fairfield
  • Fayette
  • Guernsey
  • Hocking
  • Knox
  • Marion
  • Morrow
  • Muskingum
  • Pickaway
  • Pike
  • Union

These central Ohio counties have substantial transmission:

  • Coshocton
  • Hardin
  • Licking
  • Madison
  • Perry
  • Ross

The CDC updates the level of transmission daily.