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Here are the 8 Mass. communities at highest risk for COVID-19

These eight towns and cities had the highest incidence rates, as recorded by the state.

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The state released its weekly town-by-town coronavirus data Wednesday, and eight communities have the highest average daily incidence rate of positive COVID-19 tests per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks.

The communities with the highest incidence rates are delineated in red, meaning the average daily case rate is more than eight cases per 100,000 residents reported. This week’s data has one fewer community making the list over last week. Many of the communities that were on the list last week remain.

Most cities and towns are color-coded gray, which means fewer than five cases reported within the last two-week period. Communities highlighted in green, meanwhile, have reported fewer than four cases per 100,000 on an average per day over the same time period. Communities in yellow have an average daily case rate of between four and eight per 100,000.

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In response to the higher concentration of COVID-19 in some areas, a “series of new enforcement, education + public health tools” is coming to higher-risk communities, including a multilingual campaign for Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Lawrence, and Revere, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday.

Here’s a look at each of the highest-risk communities:

1. Chelsea

Chelsea again tops the list of riskiest communities this week with an average daily incidence rate of 29.4 per 100,000, though state data notes that its case count is lower than the previous period. Chelsea conducted 3,061 tests over the last two weeks and 180 were positive. Chelsea’s positivity rate is at 5.88 percent, which is also lower than in the past.

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2. Westhampton

Westhampton’s average daily case rate is 21 per 100,000 with a higher case count than in the past. Over the past two weeks, 47 tests were conducted there and five came back positive. For the past two weeks, the positivity rate was 10.64 percent. For the last two-week period, the town’s positivity rate was 5.41 percent.

3. Revere

Revere has a 20.9 average daily incidence rate for the last two weeks with a lower case count than in the past. The city conducted 3,964 tests over that time period, and 228 came back positive. Its positivity rate is set at 5.75 percent.

4. Everett

The average daily case rate for Everett was 15.9 per 100,000 over the last two weeks, and its case count went up. The city recorded 2,433 tests over the time period, and 120 were positive. Its positivity rate is currently 4.93 percent.

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5. Lawrence

Lawrence had a daily average case rate of 14.9 per 100,000 over the last 14 days, and its case count is higher than before. Over the past two weeks, the city has conducted 4,489  tests and 207 were positive. Its positivity rate was 4.61 percent, which is higher.

6. Lynn

Lynn’s average daily rate was 12.1 for the past two weeks, but its case count is lower than in the past. A total of 5,185 tests were conducted and 259 were positive for a 5 percent positivity rate.

7. Framingham

Framingham’s average daily rate came in at 10.9 per 100,000 for the last two-week period, with its case count higher than before. A total of 3,523 tests were conducted, and 122 came back positive. The positivity rate is 3.46 percent, which is higher than the previous period.

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8. Winthrop

Winthrop’s average daily incidence rate was 8.3 per 100,000 for the last two-week period, though the city recorded a lower case count. There were 1,924 tests, and 29 were positive for a rate of 1.51 percent.

See all of the data here: 

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