There are now 121 Massachusetts cities and towns that are considered “high risk” to the spread of coronavirus, according to the statewide COVID risk assessment map released Thursday.
Changes to the statewide map based on case data collected October 11 through October 24. High-risk communities saw an average of more than 8 new cases per day. per 100,000 residents over a period of 14 days.
The designated cities and towns at high risk of COVID spread on Thursday include: Agawam, Athol, Bedford, Bellingham, Beverly, Billerica, Blandford, Bolton, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brimfield, Cohasset, Danvers, Dartmouth, Dedham, Dighton, Dover, Dracut, East Bridgewater, Fitchburg, Foxborough, Freetown, Gardner, Georgetown, Granby, Hubbardston, Lakeville, Leominster, Littleton, Mansfield, Medford, Mendon, Nahant, Nantucket, Newburyport, North Attleborough, Northborough, Norton, Palmer, Peabody, Salisbury, Southborough, Swansea, Taunton, Tewksbury, Townsend, Wareham, West Boylston, West Springfield, Westborough, Westwood, Whitman, Wilmington and Winchester.
Cities and towns that were high-risk communities last week and still on that category include: Abington, Acushnet, Ashland, Attleboro, Avon, Berkley, Boston, Boxford, Brockton, Buckland, Canton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Clinton, East Longmeadow, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River, Framingham, Gloucester, Hanover, Hanson, Haverhill, Hingham, Holliston, Holyoke, Hudson, Kingston, Lawrence, Leicester, Lowell, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Marlborough, Marshfield, Methuen, Middleton, Milford, New Bedford, North Andover, Norwood, Pembroke, Plymouth, Randolph, Raynham, Revere, Rochester, Rockland, Saugus, Seekonk, Shrewsbury, Somerset, Springfield, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Waltham, Webster, West Bridgewater , Westfield, Westport, Weymouth, Winthrop, Woburn, Worcester and Wrentham.
Ten cities and towns that are downgraded from high risk to moderate risk include Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Millville, Milton, Monson, Oxford, Scituate, Somerville, Swampscott, and West Newbury.
As of Thursday, cities and towns must return to Step 1of Stage 3 based on updated case rates including Abington, Berkley, Canton, East Longmeadow, Fairhaven, Fall River, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham , Marshfield, Milford, Pembroke, Rockland, Wakefield and Weymouth.