Boston (CBS)-The number of communities in Massachusetts considered to be at high risk of coronavirus infection has increased for the fourth consecutive week. As of Thursday, the number of high-risk red cities and towns was 77, up from 55 last week.
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State health officials classify towns as red, green, yellow or gray based on the daily incidence of COVID-19 cases.
As of Thursday, the following communities are considered high-risk:
Abington, Adams, Athol, Al, Barnstable, Billerica, Blackstone, Brewster, Brockton, Carver, Chatham, Chelmsford, Chico Pi, Dennis, Dunton, Delacourt, East Ramidor, Edgartown, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Freetown, Granby, Halifax , Hamilton, Hampton, Hanson, Holyoke, Hopedale, Hull, Lakeville, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Mansfield, Mashpee , Methuen, Middleboro, Milford, Monson, Nantucket, New Bedford, Oak Bluff, Orange, Palmer, Paxton, Peabody, Plainville (Plainville), Plymouth, Raynham, Rehoboth, Revere, Sandwich, Saugus, Seekonk, Somerset (Somerset), Southampton, Southboro, Springfield, Sutton, Swansea, Taunton, Tisbury ), Tutngsboro, Sanitary Ware, Wareham, Wenham, West Boylston, West Bridgewater, West Springfield, Westport, Whitman, William Stonetown, Winchendon, Yarmouth.
The red area on the map this week shows clear clusters of infection, which is related to epidemiologists.
“We need to pay close attention to these clusters. These red areas really worry me,” said Mark Siedner, an infectious disease expert at Massachusetts General Hospital.
So far, Massachusetts has had 5 million shootings and 1.6 million people have received full vaccination.
“My concern is that the hospitalization rate has risen by 20% in the past two weeks. If high-risk groups are truly protected, it shouldn’t happen.” Dr. Sidner said.
Although the number of cases and hospitalizations is on the rise, the mortality rate has remained the same. Dr. Sidner said that we will know if there are concerns in a few weeks.
“I think you are seeing the medical and epidemiological community holding their breath to ask this question – are we opening up too fast? Or is vaccination catching up with what we need? Time will tell,” Dr. Sidner said .
Dr. Sidner said that as the country reopens its economy, people should remember to limit their social interactions and continue to wear masks.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 1,938 newly confirmed COVID cases in the state on Thursday and another 8 deaths.