BOSTON (CBS) – The variety of communities in Massachusetts thought of excessive danger for coronavirus infections has elevated for the fourth week in a row. As of Thursday, the variety of cities and cities within the high-risk purple class is 77, up from 55 final week.
State well being officers categorize cities and cities as purple, inexperienced, yellow or gray based mostly on the every day price of COVID-19 instances.
As of Thursday, the next communities are thought of excessive danger:
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, Ware, Wareham, Wenham, West Boylston, West Bridgewater, West Springfield, Westport, Whitman, Williamstown, Winchendon, Yarmouth.
The purple zone on this week’s map exhibits clear an infection clusters, which is regarding to epidemiologists.
“We have to maintain a really shut eye on these clusters. These purple areas do fear me,” mentioned Dr. Mark Siedner, an infectious illness specialist at Massachusetts Common Hospital.
To date, 5 million photographs have landed in Massachusetts and 1.6 million persons are totally vaccinated.
“The priority I’ve is that hospitalizations are up 20% within the final two weeks. That shouldn’t be taking place if excessive danger persons are actually protected,” Dr. Siedner mentioned.
Whereas instances and hospitalizations are on the rise, demise charges have stayed the identical. Dr. Siedner says we’ll know in a pair extra weeks if there’s trigger for concern.
“I believe you’re seeing the medical and epidemiological neighborhood holding its breath asking the query – have we opened up too quick? Or is vaccination catching up as quick as we want it to? And time will inform,” Dr. Siedner mentioned.
Dr. Siedner mentioned whereas the state reopens the economic system, folks ought to keep in mind to restrict their social interplay and proceed to put on masks.
The Massachusetts Division of Public Well being reported 1,938 new confirmed COVID instances and eight further deaths within the state on Thursday.