Massachusetts’ latest weekly community-level data on the coronavirus pandemic, which no longer includes an updated individual-town COVID-19 risk assessment map, shows 16 communities currently considered at risk of transmission. highest virus.
It has decreased significantly from the previous week after a major change in the way the state determines the risk of coronavirus transmission. Last week, there were 121 communities in the red zone most at risk; This week’s list, by population, has less than 105 cities and towns there. (See detailed list below.)
Boston, Worcester and Cambridge are among many communities that are no longer in red. And no persistent red communities listed in the report are required to move back to Stage 3, Step 1of the Massachusetts reopening plan.
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City-by-town data are released on Friday, after initially scheduled for release on Thursday. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the delay on Thursday afternoon without giving an initial explanation.
New restrictions from Governor Charlie Baker came into effect Friday morning in an effort to stop the virus from spreading further in the state.
Governor Charlie Baker has announced a masking order and home counseling to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Weekly data, from the Department of Public Health, includes a breakdown of total coronavirus infections in each Massachusetts city and town., along with more data.
See Volume of each town. Risk data from coronavirus
The following communities had the highest level of risk as of Friday: Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Methuen, New Bedford, Norfolk, Revere, Seekonk, Somerset, Springfield and Westport.
Norfolk is the only new community in red on the list. It was grayed out in last week’s report.
More than 100 communities removed from the red list: Abington, Acushnet, Agawam, Ashland, Athol, Attleboro, Avon, Bedford, Bellingham, Berkley, Beverly, Billerica, Blandford, Bolton, Boston, Boxford, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brimfield, Buckland, Canton, Chelmsford, Chicopee, Clinton, Cohasset, Danvers, Dartmouth, Dedham, Dighton, Dover, Dracut, East Bridgewater, East Longmeadow, Fairhaven, Foxborough, Framingham, Freetown, Gardner, Georgetown, Gloucester, Granby, Hanover, Hanson, Haverhill, Hingham, Holliston, Holyoke, Hubbardston, Hudson, Kingston, Lakeville, Leicester, Leominster, Littleton, Lynnfield, Malden, Mansfield, Marlborough, Marshfield, Medford, Mendon, Middleton, Milford, Nahant, Nantucket, Newburyport, North Andover, North Attleborough, Northborough, Norton, Norwood, Palmer, Peabody, Pembroke, Plymouth, Randolph, Raynham, Rochester, Rockland, Salisbury, Saugus, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Swansea, Taunton, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Waltham, Wareham, Webster, West Boylston, West Bridgewater, West Springfield, Westborough, Westfield, Westwood, Weymouth, Whitman, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, Woburn, Worcester and Wrentham.
The Ministry of Public Health no longer includes maps in its weekly reports. The map is no longer as useful as before, an official said, now cases of coronavirus infections are being seen in most communities.
See last week’s map here:
In the past, the state used an average number of cases detected per day for two weeks to determine if communities in Massachusetts were at high risk of coronavirus transmission. But only the factors of population size are listed.
To be eligible for the new metric red category, communities with populations less than 10,000 must have more than 25 cases. For communities of average size between 10,000 and 50,000 people, they must have an average of more than 10 cases per 100,000 people and a positive test rate of over 5%. And for communities greater than 50,000 people, they must have more than 10 cases per 100,000 people and a positive test rate of more than 4%.
Read this week’s full report here, with percent community positivity data, county and state data, and more.
New data on big volume. COVID Cluster
Last week, the report introduced new information about coronavirus clusters and new cases of COVID-19 being found.
It showed 2,945 coronavirus clusters detected between September 27 and October 24, the majority of which involved households. They have resulted in 8,208 confirmed cases.
That data was released this week on Thursday. Just over 3,600 clusters were found between October 4 and 31, and they are tied to 10,239 cases, according to state data. The other 1,720 clusters identified before 4 October are still continuing in that phase.
The state identifies clusters that have at least two COVID-19 instances associated with one location and it considers useful information for finding out where people are infected.
Changes to the Massachusetts Highlight Map
Massachusetts has changed the way its coronavirus indexes are measured over time, with two significant improvements last month before Friday’s change.
Information on COVID-19 clusters was added last week, and last week was the first introduction of coronavirus clusters in facilities such as prisons, colleges and nursing homes. Such outbursts have pushed communities into that red zone before.
According to the command center, communities with identified organizational clusters will be listed with an asterisk, although it will not change whether a city or town can move forward or backward in the open plan. Massachusetts’ s back door or if more people could gather together. The asterisks also don’t change red or yellow status
Color-coded town-by-town data was introduced in August, and the Baker administration announced that the state would focus its strongest COVID mitigation efforts on towns in the red group. Communities can only move on to Step 2 of Phase 3 of Massachusetts’ reopening plan, announced at the end of September, if they are inconsistent in the red.
Before the map was introduced, the rate of COVID testing positive for the previous 14 days was the standard for measuring hotspots. The Public Health Department’s weekly report still includes that information, along with other metrics such as how many tests are being performed locally and how many cases have been reported locally.
Some of Massachusetts’ smaller towns have problems with being classified based on cases per capita.
They said that, when a town is only a few thousand people, an outbreak of just one household can cause it to turn red, identified by eight cases of COVID-19 infection per 100,000 residents.
Officials said Friday that the latest change to the data is aimed at addressing those concerns.