Number of high-risk communities jumps
COVID-19 infections concentrated among young
THE NUMBER of communities considered high risk for COVID-19 increased from 13 to 17, while people younger than 39 led the way in infections, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all cases over the last two weeks.
The weekly data released by the Baker administration on Wednesday showed those in the 20-29 age category had 1,207 cases over the last two weeks, or 25 percent of the total. They were also highest on a per capita basis, with 16.6 cases per 100,000 people.
Those in the 0-19 category had 864 cases, or 18 percent of the total (53.9 cases per 100,000 people), while the 30-39 age category had 843 cases, nearly 18 percent of the total (92.9 cases per 100,000).
The Baker administration also broke out the number of cases associated with higher education testing, reporting 168 cases over the last week for a total of 499.
Chelsea remained the highest in the state, with 22.9 cases per 100,000 people. Nantucket vaulted from the moderate-risk category into the second spot in the high-risk category, with 18.9 cases, followed by Revere (18.8), Lawrence (16.9), Everett (16.3), and Lynn (12.7).
The other high-risk communities were Framingham, Dedham, Lynnfield, and Monson, which were in the 10-to-12-case range. Worcester, Wrentham, New Bedford, Saugus, Tyngsboro, Winthrop, and Plainville were in the 8-to-10-case range.
The new communities in the high-risk category this week were Nantucket, Worcester, Wrentham, Saugus, Tyngsboro, and Plainville. Two communities – Chatham and Methuen – dropped out of the high-risk category. Chatham fell all the way to low risk, which is less than 4 cases per 100,000 people. Methuen fell back into the moderate-risk category.
The moderate risk category as a group shrunk a bit this week compared to last week, as a large number of communities dropped out. There was a total of 36 moderate risk communities, with the newcomers being Dracut, Lancaster, Milford, Newton, Palmer, and Weymouth. All of those communities had between 4 to 5 cases, at the lower end of the moderate risk range.Communities at the higher end of the moderate risk range included Boston, which saw its number rise from 7.5 cases to 7.7 cases over the last week; Clinton, which jumped from 5.1 to 7.6; Mendon, which went from 6.2 to 7.4; and Somerville, which dipped from 7.7 to 7.6.
The state as a whole held steady at 4.6 cases per 100,000 people.