BOSTON (CBS) – Sixteen communities in Massachusetts are now considered high risk for coronavirus infections, after the state began using a new method to assess transmission rates.
This week’s color-coded data, adjusted to better fit a community’s population, also shows 91 yellow communities, 79 green communities, and 165 grey communities.READ MORE: Racials Slurs Yelled At Players In Several Massachusetts High School Football Games
As of Friday, the communities in the high-risk red zone include: Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Methuen, New Bedford, Norfolk, Revere, Seekonk, Somerset, Springfield and Westport.READ MORE: Medway Police Warn About Car Break-Ins Targeting Women
The change in metrics is aimed at keeping students in schools.
In last week’s report, using different metrics, 121 communities were listed in the red zone.MORE NEWS: Elijah Lewis Search: Large Police Presence In Abington Related To Missing 5-Year-Old Boy
Health officials reported 2,038 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 21 additional deaths in Massachusetts on Friday. There were 86,357 total new tests reported.