62% of cities and towns now high risk
Number rises by 29 in latest state report
THE NUMBER of communities considered high risk for COVID-19 resumed its upward climb on Thursday, as 29 municipalities were added to the list, bringing the total to 219, or 62 percent of all cities and towns in the state.
Even as the number of communities colored red on the state’s color-coded map increased, the number of new cases over the last two weeks held steady, dropping 1.3 percent to 59,545.
The number of communities with more than 100 cases per 100,000 people dropped from 12 to 10 over the last two weeks. Ayer topped the list at 172 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Lawrence (130.9 cases), West Boylston (118.4), Gardner (115.4), and Fall Fiver (112.5).The state as a whole remained high risk, with 61.1 cases per 100,000 people and a positive test rate (positive tests divided by total tests) of 7.71 percent. Both measurements were up slightly compared to a week ago.
The state’s vaccination dashboard indicated Massachusetts has received 328,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and 141,108 of them have been administered, including 1,213 that were second doses. State officials have blamed the big gap between deliveries and actual shots on timing and reporting issues.