BOSTON (CBS) – More than a third of Massachusetts, a total of 121 communities, are now considered high risk for coronavirus infections. Six of those communities have been impacted by a cluster at a long-term care facility, college or prison.

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The state released an updated color-coded map and data on Thursday based on average positive test rates.

Risk level of communities in Massachusetts released on October 29. (WBZ-TV)

As of Thursday, communities in the red zone 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, Freetown, 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, Methuen, Middleton, Milford, Nahant, Nantucket, New Bedford, Newburyport, North Andover*, North Attleboro, Northboro, Norton, Norwood, Palmer, Peabody, Pembroke, Plymouth, Randolph, Raynham, Revere, Rochester, Rockland, 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.

This is the second week an asterisk was added if a larger institution has identified more than 10 cases that account for more than 30% of a municipality’s positive cases in the past 14 days.

Somerset, North Andover, Kingston, Fairhaven, Chelmsford and Bridgewater were the communities with an asterisk added in this week’s report.

Earlier this month, after an outbreak at Merrimack College, the North Andover Board of Selectmen called on Gov. Charlie Baker to reconsider using the “red” classification.

Comments (4)
  1. Wilmmie Cather says:

    So you’re saying the un-elected, criminal MA Dept of Health is playing with a Highlights Magazine, and then making the claim that these “high-risk” areas may catch the common cold? Well, we had snow today, and everyone walking around, outside, in the cold, wind, and flakes wore a mask with their necks wide open, their heads exposed without a hat on, and their ears exposed are at the highest risk to catch the cold and flu, but are “obeying the rules” to avoid getting or spreading Covid-19. Yeah, the MA Government is trying to get us all sick with WBZ assisting.

  2. Wilmmie Cather says:

    See comment above. Totally a fact.

  3. Jim Franks says:

    Stop getting tested. This only plays into their hands.

  4. Bill Branch says:

    Walking outside in cold temperatures without a hat or mittens, playing outside in cold rainy weather, swimming in the ocean in winter months: none of these activities results in catching a cold or flu. One needs be exposed to an individual who is sick and contagious and shedding viruses in order to become infected. OK, totally a fact?

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