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.Massachusetts Companies Starting To Announce Vaccination Requirements For Employees
The state released an updated color-coded map and data on Thursday based on average positive test rates.
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.READ MORE: Worcester Father Carlos Betancourt Accused Of Swinging Knife, Then Baseball Bat At Teen Lifeguards
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.MORE NEWS: AG Healey Sues Grubhub For Allegedly Charging Restaurants Illegally High Fees During Pandemic
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.