BOSTON (CBS) – The number of communities in Massachusetts considered high risk for coronavirus infections has increased for the third week in a row. As of Thursday, the number of towns in the high-risk red category is 55, up from 32 last week.Bad Timing For J&J Problems As Massachusetts Prepares To Expand Vaccine Eligibility
State health officials categorize cities and towns as red, green, yellow or grey based on the daily rate of COVID-19 cases.READ MORE: Community Leaders Concerned About Violence In Anticipation For Summer, Less COVID Restrictions
As of Thursday, the following communities are considered high risk:
Abington, Adams, Athol, Ayer, Barnstable, Blackstone, Brewster, Brockton, Canton, Carver, Chicopee, Dennis, Dracut, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Freetown, Granby, Halifax, Hampden, Hanson, Harwich, Lakeville, Lawrence, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Mansfield, Mashpee, Methuen, Milford, Monson, Nantucket, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Orange, Palmer, Peabody, Pembroke, Plainville, Plymouth, Raynham, Sandwich, Saugus, Seekonk, Southborough, Springfield, Sutton, Templeton, Tyngsborough, Ware, West Boylston, West Bridgewater, Williamstown, Yarmouth.MORE NEWS: As Vaccinations Increase Among Adults, What's Safe For Kids?
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 2,455 new confirmed COVID cases in the state on Thursday.