More than a third of the state’s cities and towns are currently at high risk of coronavirus transmission, weekly data from the Department of Public Health shows local leaders are warning local leaders are urges people to continue to attach importance to this virus.
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The number of communities in the red high risk area has risen to 121 this week, breaking the previous record high of 77 from the previous week and continuing its uptrend throughout October.
In Worcester, officials solemnly declared that they were again fighting the spread of the virus in the community and called for small gatherings to cause about a third of their 236 new cases.
“That̵7;s where we don’t want to go,” City Director Edward Augustus Jr. to speak. “It should just be a wake-up call for all of us to truly double our efforts and think and be mindful.”
Red communities this week include Abington, Acushnet, Agawam, Ashland, Athol, Attleboro, Avon, Bedford, Bellingham, Berkley, Beverly, Billerica, Blandford, Bolton, Boston, Boxford, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brimfield, Brockton, Buckland, Canton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Clinton, Cohasset, Danvers, Dartmouth, Dedham, Dighton, Dover, Dracut, East Bridgewater, East Longmeadow, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River, Fitchburg, Foxboro, Framingham and Freetown.
They include Gardner, Georgetown, Gloucester, Granby, Hanover, Hanson, Haverhill, Hingham, Holliston, Holyoke, Hubbardston, Hudson, Kingston, Lakeville, Lawrence, Leicester, Leominster, Littleton, Lowell, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Mansfield, Marlboro, Marshfield, Medford, Mendon, Middleton, Milford, Nahant, Nantucket, New Bedford, Newburyport, North Andover, North Attleboro, Northboro, Norton, Norwood, Palmer, Peabody, Pembroke, Plymouth, Randolph, Raynham, Revere, Rochester and The Rock Land.
Salisbury, Saugus, Seekonk, Shrewsbury, Somerset, Southboro, Springfield, Swansea, Taunton, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro, Wakefield, Waltham, Wareham, Webster, West Boylston, West Bridgewater, West Springfield, Westboro, Westfield, Westport, Westwood, Weymouth , Whitman, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, Woburn, Worcester and Wrentham were all red this week, with average daily case rates of at least eight per 100,000 residents during the two-week period ending on Saturday.
The statewide average daily incidence rate was 11.8, up from last week’s 9.2, bringing Massachusetts further into its own red zone.
DPH also released data on COVID-19 clusters for the first time this week – making it one of the few states to do so. Dominant groups emerged from households, with the state reporting a whopping 2,707 household clusters between September 27 and October 24, resulting in 6,830 cases. The other 1,147 household clusters identified before the end of September are listed as ‘in progress’, contributing to 598 other cases.
The next highest number of clusters and cases coming from long-term care facilities have long been devastated by the virus. There were 59 clusters of diseases associated with long-term care facilities between the end of September and the end of October, resulting in 568 cases. Another 82 clusters were identified as ongoing, with an additional 243 cases. Child care centers have a total of 55 clusters with 78 cases; organizing sports festivals and camps with 28 clusters, 93 cases; and 29 clusters emerged from restaurants and food courts, resulting in 72 cases.
Local leaders are also concerned about an increase in infections among people under the age of 30, including in Brockton, where Mayor Robert Sullivan is working with local schools, missionaries and communities. around to continue promoting best practices.
While the youth group is recovering from the virus, Brockton’s death toll has now surpassed 300, which Sullivan calls “unacceptable” and says only “will get worse before it gets better.” than.”