Boston is now at high risk for coronavirus transmission for the first time since the state revamped its metrics this fall.
The Hub was part of the record-breaking 190 cities and towns in the high-risk “red” zone this week, according to Thursday’s report from the Department of Public Health.
See the city and town stats.
The capital city’s metrics — an average daily incidence rate of 54.9 cases per 100,000 residents over the two-week period ending Dec. 26, and a positivity rate of 4.18% — were high enough to land Boston in the red zone for the first time since Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration rolled out new metrics in November.
Boston’s 54.9 incidence rate was actually lower than in the previous two weekly reports of 59.1 and 61.9, respectively. But its positivity rate cracked 4%, putting Boston above both of the state’s red-zone thresholds for cities with more than 50,000 people — having more than 10 average cases per 100,000 residents and recording a positivity rate of at least 4%.
Boston’s seven-day positivity was higher, at 5.6% as of Christmas Day, according to a semi-weekly report from the city’s public health commission that was last updated on Thursday.
“As we continue to move forward here. I know that a lot of people — all of us — are tired of living with the virus,” Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said during a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s tempting to let our guard down during this holiday season, but the virus is still very much with us.”
The 190 high-risk cities and towns represent a slight uptick from 188 high-risk communities last week and 187 the week prior. There were just 16 communities in the red zone when the state introduced its new metrics in November.
There were 75 moderate-risk “yellow” communities and 10 low-risk “green” communities.
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The 190 cities and towns at high risk for COVID-19 this week are:
Abington, Acushnet, Agawam, Amesbury, Andover, Ashburnham, Athol, Attleboro, Auburn, Avon, Ayer, Barnstable, Bellingham, Berkley, Beverly, Billerica, Blackstone, Boston, Boxford, Boylston, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Brookfield, Burlington, Canton, Carver, Charlton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Clinton, Cohasset, Danvers, Dartmouth, Dedham, Dennis, Dighton, Douglas, Dover, Dracut, Dudley, East Bridgewater, East Longmeadow, Easton, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River, Fitchburg, Foxboro, Framingham, Franklin, Freetown, Gardner, Georgetown, Grafton, Granby, Groveland, Hadley, Halifax, Hamilton, Hanover, Hanson, Haverhill, Holbrook, Holden, Holliston, Holyoke, Hopedale, Hudson, Hull and Ipswich.
Kingston, Lakeville, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lee, Leicester, Leominster, Littleton, Longmeadow, Lowell, Ludlow, Lunenburg, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlboro, Marshfield, Mashpee, Mattapoisett, Melrose, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleboro, Middleton, Milford, Millbury, Millis, Milton, Monson, Montague, Nantucket, New Bedford, Newbury, Norfolk, North Andover, North Attleboro, North Brookfield, North Reading, Norton, Norwell, Norwood, Orange, Oxford, Palmer, Paxton, Peabody, Pembroke, Pepperell, Plainville and Plymouth.
Quincy, Randolph, Raynham, Reading, Rehoboth, Revere, Rochester, Rockland, Rockport, Rowley, Rutland, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Scituate, Seekonk, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Somerset, South Hadley, Southampton, Southboro, Southbridge, Southwick, Spencer, Springfield, Sterling, Stoneham, Stoughton, Sturbridge, Sutton, Swampscott, Swansea, Taunton, Templeton, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Townsend, Tyngsboro, Upton, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Ware, Wareham, Webster, Wenham, West Boylston, West Bridgewater, West Brookfield, West Springfield, Westfield, Westford, Westminster, Westport, Weymouth, Whitman, Wilbraham, Wilmington, Winchendon, Winthrop, Woburn, Worcester, Wrentham and Yarmouth.
Sean Philip Cotter contributed.
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