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COVID ‘high risk’ Massachusetts communities on the decline: See if your city or town remains on the list – MassLive.com

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Mar 5, 2021

The number of Massachusetts cities and towns assessed as “high risk” for COVID spread fell even further on Thursday despite a slight bump up in new infections last week.

There are now 19 communities at high risk for transmission of coronavirus, according to the Department of Public Health.

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Last week, the number of communities at high risk was 28, continuing the steep week-over-week decline since the height of the second surge in January.

Here is the list by county:

Bristol County: Fall River, Freetown, New Bedford

Essex County: Haverhill, Lawrence, Lynn, Methuen, Peabody

Hampden County: Chicopee, Ludlow, Springfield

Hampshire County: Hadley

Norfolk County: Plainville, Weymouth

Plymouth County: West Bridgewater

Worcester County: Blackstone, Clinton, Sterling, Sutton

Barnstable, Berkshire, Dukes, Franklin, Middlesex, Nantucket and Suffolk counties did not have any cities or towns in the so-called red zone. Statistics show the number of residents living in a high-risk community fell by 32.5% this week.

Risk designations — which are colored, grey, green, yellow and red based on infection levels — are determined using several new metrics for three population categories: communities with a population of less than 10,000; between 10,000 and 50,000; and greater than 50,000.

For communities with fewer than 10,000 residents, “grey” will be assigned if there are 10 total cases or fewer; “green” if there are up 15 cases; “yellow” if there are up to 25 cases; and “red” if there are more than 25 cases.

For communities with between 10,000 and 50,000 residents, “grey” will be assigned if there are 10 total cases or fewer; “green” if there are less than 10 average cases per 100,000 residents and more than 10 cases; “yellow” if there are 10 or more cases per 100,000 residents or a test positivity rate of 5% or more; and “red” if there are 10 or more cases per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 5% or more.

And for communities with more than 50,000 residents, “grey” will be assigned if there are 15 total cases or fewer; “green” if there are less than 10 average cases per 100,000 residents and more than 15 cases; “yellow” if there are 10 or more cases per 100,000 residents or a test positivity rate of 4% or more; and “red” if there are 10 or more cases per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 4% or more.

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