BOSTON (CBS) – The number of communities in Massachusetts considered high risk for coronavirus infections has decreased for the fourth week in a row. As of Thursday, the number of cities and towns in the high-risk red category is 13, down from 26 last week.
State health officials categorize cities and towns as red, green, yellow or grey based on the daily rate of COVID-19 cases.READ MORE: Boston Celebrates Life And Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Arizona Mother Worried Son's Surgery In Boston Will Be Rescheduled Again Due To COVID
As of Thursday, the following communities are considered high risk:
Brockton, Chicopee, Dracut, Edgartown, Haverhill, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Nantucket, New Bedford, Rochester, Springfield, Taunton.MORE NEWS: How Long Should You Wait To Be Boosted After Getting COVID? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your COVID Questions
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 1,004 new confirmed COVID cases and five additional deaths in the state on Thursday.