BOSTON (CBS) – The number of communities in Massachusetts considered high risk for coronavirus infections has increased for the first time in about two months. As of Thursday, the number of towns in the high-risk red category is 20, up slightly from 14 last week.'We Want Answers': Friends Say Death Of Saugus Woman While Hiking In Arizona Needs To Be Further Investigated
State health officials categorize cities and towns as red, green, yellow or grey based on the daily rate of COVID-19 cases.READ MORE: Woman Killed Near Roslindale Pharmacy Identified As Alicia Heywood
As of Thursday, the following communities are considered high risk:
Barnstable, Chicopee, Dighton, Douglas, Fall River, Freetown, Hanson, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Millis, Plymouth, Revere, Rutland, Southwick, Sterling, Sutton, West Bridgewater and Yarmouth.MORE NEWS: OB-GYN Associations Recommend All Pregnant People Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 1,857 new confirmed COVID cases and 27 additional deaths in the state on Thursday.