CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The CDC’s latest county-level map tracking COVID spread shows Hampden and Franklin counties at a “medium” level of COVID community spread.

Hampden county was in a low risk just last week meaning people should consider changes on how to stay safe. Communities reporting at least 200 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days qualify a county for the medium risk designation.

The CDC recommends people in areas of medium spread consider wearing a mask indoors, especially if they are at high risk for severe illness. If you or someone you know has been exposed to COVID or is experiencing symptoms you should get tested and there are free viral tests on covidtests.gov.

Spending time outdoors or having ventilation inside your home can be a preventative measure as well as increasing the distance between yourself and others.

In Hampden County there have been over 1700 confirmed cases in the past two weeks. The County is averaging 26.7 daily cases per 100,000 people over those two weeks, a significantly larger number than most of the rest of the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts as whole is averaging 17.9 cases per 100,000 over the same time period. Paramedic Field Supervisor for AMR, Ron Raschilla spoke with 22News about what the amount of people they’ve been seeing at the AMR testing sites.

“We’ve been seeing an uptick in COVID related calls, yes,” explained Raschilla, “So, getting tested whenever you feel that you have any type of symptoms, whether they’re cold related or not, you can always come here. We’re open 7 days a week.”

While life is seemingly back to normal remember; COVID-19 is still here and impacting local communities. Experts say testing is the best thing to do. Updated COVID booster shots are available and encouraged, especially for those more at risk.