Daily reported COVID-19 case totals in Massachusetts exceeded 2,000 on Thursday for the the eighth time in the last nine days, and 62 communities are now considered high risk for spread of the virus.
On Thursday, the state’s Department of Public Health reported 2,532 new coronavirus cases and 27 new deaths.
The statewide average daily rate of infection per 100,000 residents was at 29.4, up from 20.7 last week, and Boston’s average daily rate was at 31.5, down from 33.1 last week.
Earlier this month, Governor Charlie Baker announced the state had changed its metrics for determining the level of risk for COVID-19 transmission in communities, which reduced the number of cities and towns designated as high risk.
Under the new guidelines, larger communities are designated high risk if they have an average of more than 10 cases per 100,000 residents and a positive test rate greater than or at 4 percent. Cities and towns with 10,000 to 50,000 residents are categorized as high risk if they average more than 10 cases per 100,000 people and have a positive test rate of 5 percent or higher. If communities with fewer than 10,000 residents have more than 25 cases, they are considered high risk.
On Wednesday, the United States reached another grim milestone with the death toll from COVID-19 passing surpassing 250,000.
Thirty-two communities have been added to the high-risk category since last week’s report.
Curious if your town is among them? Take a look at the list:
- Fall River
- New Bedford
- West Springfield