Mass. moves into high-risk COVID category
Red communities hit 158; Lawrence cases soar
THE STATE AS A WHOLE moved into the high-risk COVID-19 category on Thursday as 158 communities were colored red and case counts continued to mount precipitously in Lawrence.
The state as a whole reported 50 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks, its highest level since a new, more lenient metric system was implemented on November 6. The state’s positive test rate (positive tests divided by total tests) also hit a new high of 5.25 percent.
The number of high-risk, or red, communities totaled 158, up from 97 a week ago and 62 three weeks ago. There were 92 yellow, or moderate-risk, communities, and a total of 101 in the low-risk green and gray categories.Lawrence reported 160.8 cases per 100,000 people over the previous two weeks and a positive test rate of 17.07 percent, up from 107.3 cases per 100,000 people and a positive test rate of 14.7 percent a week ago. Three other communities topped more than 100 cases per 100,000 people – Methuen (106.41), Nantucket (104.49), and Lowell (102.03).
The number of cases also continued to rise among younger people. In the 20-29 age category, where cases have concentrated over the last two months, there were 10,492 cases over the last two weeks, up 31 percent from last week’s report.