BOSTON (CBS) – Sixty-two communities in Massachusetts are now considered high risk for coronavirus infections. State health officials categorize cities and towns as red, green, yellow or grey based on the daily rate of Covid-19 cases.Ames Nowell State Park In Abington Closes As Search For Missing Elijah Lewis Continues
As of Thursday, the communities in the high-risk red zone include: Abington, Acushnet, Attleboro, Barnstable, Blackstone, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Clinton, Dartmouth, Dighton, Douglas, Dracut, Edgartown, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Freetown, Hampden, Holyoke, Lancaster, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Ludlow, Lunenburg, Lynn, Malden, Marion, Methuen, Milford, Nantucket, New Bedford, Norfolk, Northbridge, Peabody, Rehoboth, Revere, Rockland, Salisbury, Saugus, Seekonk, Shirley, Somerset, Southbridge, Southwick, Springfield, Sterling, Sutton, Swansea, Taunton, Templeton, Tisbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro, Uxbridge, West Springfield, Westport, Winchendon and Woburn.READ MORE: Early Voting Begins In Boston For Mayoral Election
The state recently began using a new method to assess coronavirus transmission rates in communities. The change is aimed at keeping students in schools. In last week’s report, 30 communities were listed in the red zone.MORE NEWS: 4 Your Community: DAV Department Of Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 2,532 new confirmed COVID cases and 27 additional deaths in the state on Thursday. There were 92,139 total new tests reported Thursday.