The number of cities labeled with high-risk coronavirus has more than doubled over the past two weeks and has risen to 17 this week from 13 last week and eight the week before, according to state data.
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The 17 communities represent the highest number of cities in the hot zone since the public ministry of public health began reporting weekly data using a color-coded risk assessment system in August, shadowing high-risk communities with red.
Chelsea, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Monson, New Bedford, Revere and Winthrop remained on the high-risk list for a week in a row, according to data released Wednesday.
Saugus returned to the list and joined Nantucket, Plainville, Tyngsborough, Worcester and Wrentham, while Chatham and Methuen fell off. Red Zone communities reported a daily average of eight or more COVID-1
Nantucket officials wrote in a statement Friday that there had been a “September wave” including the transmission of the virus to the community.
“We are back in our mission to halt the spread of COVID,” elected board chairman Dawn Hill Holdgate, advising residents on best practices to stay safe on the island. “The current rise is evidence that even ‘some’ relaxation is dangerous.”
Dedham continues with state-sponsored coronavirus testing Thursday after an increase in cases was linked to clusters from two recent collections of young people.
“We encourage as many people as possible to be tested,” Dedham Town Manager Leon Goodwin said in a statement.
The number of moderate risk communities – those with four to eight cases per 100,000 inhabitants – was 36 this week. About 80 cities were listed as low-risk with less than four cases.
Public health officials reported 295 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday and a further 20 deaths as the average positive test rate remained at the state record level of 0.8%.
The 20 new deaths bring the state-confirmed COVID-19 toll to 9,036.
The 295 new cases bring the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 123,720. A further 11 likely cases were reported Wednesday for a total confirmed and probable case totaling 125,699. More than 109,000 people have now recovered.
The state also reported cumulative testing among colleges and universities for the first time this week, saying there have been 499 cumulative cases confirmed at the 59 schools conducting on-campus testing. Of these, 168 were reported since last week.
In total, colleges and universities have completed 518,904 tests for the new virus, and 532 have returned positive. About 153,675 of these tests were performed in the last week alone.