One New England state is entirely within the zone where people are advised to wear masks indoors in public settings, while two more, including Massachusetts, are almost there.
Almost every county in southern New England has either high or substantial transmission of COVID-19, according to the CDC. The federal agency's new guidance recommends that people in those counties wear masks in public, indoor settings, even if they're fully vaccinated, given the transmissibility of the delta variant.
Northern New England has less COVID transmission than the south, but transmission rates are up compared to last week.
New England has been at the forefront of the vaccine drive nationwide, and while its transmission rates are high, so is much of the rest of the country, according to the latest CDC data. And the vaccination rate is important, since the more people are vaccinated, the fewer hospitalizations are expected.
Here is where New England's states stand, based on CDC data showing where COVID transmission is substantial (50-99 cases per 100,000 people) or high transmission (100+ cases per 100,000 people) as of Tuesday afternoon.
Two Massachusetts counties aren't in the substantial or high zones: Franklin and Hampshire.
Three counties are in the substantial COVID transmission zone: Hillsborough, Rockingham and Strafford. The rest have moderate transmission.
Five Maine counties are in the substantial COVID transmission zone: York, Lincoln, Waldo, Penobscot and Somerset.
All but one of Rhode Island's five counties -- Newport (not visible on the CDC map above) -- have enough COVID transmission for mask use to be federally recommended.
Five of Vermont's counties have enough COVID transmission for mask use to be federally recommended: Bennington, Chittenden, Grand Isle, Franklin and Orleans.
All of Connecticut's counties have enough COVID transmission for mask use to be federally recommended.