BOSTON (TBEN) – The number of Massachusetts communities considered to be at high risk for coronavirus infections has increased for the fourth week in a row. On Thursday, the number of cities in the high-risk red category stood at 77, up from 55 last week.
CHECK: City-by-city coronavirus data
State health officials rank cities and towns as red, green, yellow or gray based on the daily rate of COVID-19 cases.
As of Thursday, the following communities are considered high risk:
Abington, Adams, Athol, Ayer, Barnstable, Billerica, Blackstone, Brewster, Brockton, Carver, Chatham, Chelmsford, Chicopee, Dennis, Dighton, Dracut, East Longmeadow, Edgartown, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Freetown, Granby, Halifax, Hamilton, Hampden, Hanson, Holyoke, Hopedale, Hull, Lakeville, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Mansfield, Mashpee, Methuen, Middleboro, Milford, Monson, Nantucket, New Bedford, Oak Bluffs, Orange, Palmer, Paxton, Peabody, Plainville, Plymouth, Raynham, Rehoboth, Revere, Sandwich, Saugus, Seekonk, Somerset, Southampton, Southboro, Springfield, Sutton, Swansea, Taunton, Tisbury, Tyngsboro, Wareham, Wenham, West Boylston, West Bridgewater, West Springfield , Westport, Whitman, Williamstown, Winchendon, Yarmouth.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 1,938 new confirmed cases of COVID and eight more deaths in the state.