The latest breaking updates, straight to your email inbox. In early November, the Department of Public Health changed the way communities would be classified. While the original method only considered the average daily rate of positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants, the new method also takes into account the total population of the community and the positive test rate. There are now six communities in the high-risk “red zone” this week, up from 13 last week and 26 the previous week, weekly reports from the Department of Public Health show.
As of Thursday, 3.72 million Massachusetts residents had received at least their first coronavirus vaccine and 2.77 million were fully vaccinated, according to state health data. Charlie Baker has said his goal is to vaccinate up to. In fact, the presence of COVID RNA is increasing once again in wastewater sampled from Boston and surrounding suburbs by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 or reside in a community where there is a continuous spread of the virus and you develop the above symptoms, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health suggests calling your healthcare provider for guidance.
There are now 77 Massachusetts communities in the red, meaning the state believes they have the highest risk of transmission of COVID-19 as the race between the ongoing vaccination campaign and the spread of coronavirus mutants intensifies. The number of cities and towns in the red zone has fluctuated in recent weeks, after falling to just 14 in early March, from a high of 229 in mid-January. Still, community designations in red remain well below the peak of January, when nearly two-thirds of Massachusetts's 351 cities and towns were considered high-risk. In terms of percent positivity, 238 cities and towns saw an increase or no change and 114 saw their positive test rates decrease.
He estimated that Massachusetts is likely experiencing “about three and a half times the number of cases that total cases are being reported by officials. Number of cities and towns at high risk of COVID-19 transmission almost halved, declining for the third consecutive week, as officials focus on being shot at guns. At the broader community level, CDC also recommends that cities and towns issue “environment-specific guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus,” as one of several steps officials could take. The number of cities and towns that meet the Department of Public Health criteria for the high-risk red category increased by 40% from last week, has now increased for four consecutive weeks and has more than doubled in two weeks.
The number of cities and towns in the red zone has risen from a high of 229 in mid-January to a previous low of 14 in early March. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued “high community levels of COVID for half of Massachusetts counties this week, as cases and hospitalizations increase. List of cities and towns at high risk of coronavirus continues to decline, declining for fifth consecutive week, as “vaccine power” lowers viral rates statewide. Jonathan Levy, chair of the environmental health department at Boston University, said Massachusetts exceeded CDC thresholds for hospital admission rates this week, prompting the agency to raise levels across the county.
For more information on Massachusetts cities and towns, such as their dates of incorporation and settlement, see the Secretary of State website. .