These 97 Mass. communities are at the highest risk for COVID-19 infection

There are 16 more communities on the list compared to last week.

Carla de Pina, 6, receives a COVID-19 test with the help of her father, Virgilio, Tuesday in Chelsea.
Carla de Pina, 6, receives a COVID-19 test with the help of her father, Virgilio, Tuesday in Chelsea. –Elise Amendola / AP

Following Massachusetts’s highest single-day total of reported COVID-19 cases, state data indicates that 97 communities are now at the highest risk for virus infection, or in the state’s “red zone.”

Even with the hopeful news of a vaccine in the not-too-distant future – the first doses for the state are expected by the middle of the month – it will still take time for the vaccine to be distributed to the general public.

In the meantime, health care professionals are concerned about the skyrocketing cases in the state, even considering that 680 of the cases reported Thursday were added due to a technical issue.

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“It’s the worst it has ever been in Massachusetts. And growing exponentially … this is life and death,” Dr. David Rosman, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said on Twitter on Thursday.

Here’s a look at each of the highest-risk communities, and their average daily incidence rates for the past two weeks:

1. Lawrence

Average daily incidence rate: 107.3 per 100,000 residents

2. Shirley

Average daily incidence rate: 95.5 per 100,000 residents

3. Lowell

Average daily incidence rate: 78.3 per 100,000 residents

4. Fall River

Average daily incidence rate: 75.3 per 100,000 residents

5. Lenox

Average daily incidence rate: 70.9 per 100,000 residents

6. Ludlow

Average daily incidence rate: 70.7 per 100,000 residents

7. Lynn

Average daily incidence rate: 67.6 per 100,000 residents

8. Everett

Average daily incidence rate: 66.9 per 100,000 residents

9. Springfield

Average daily incidence rate: 64.9 per 100,000 residents

10. Methuen

Average daily incidence rate: 62.6 per 100,000 residents

10. Southbridge

Average daily incidence rate: 62.6 per 100,000 residents

12. Chelsea

Average daily incidence rate: 62.1 per 100,000 residents

13. Revere

Average daily incidence rate: 59.2 per 100,000 residents

14. Seekonk

Average daily incidence rate: 59.1 per 100,000 residents

15. Peabody

Average daily incidence rate: 58.5 per 100,000 residents

16. Haverhill

Average daily incidence rate: 58.3 per 100,000 residents

17. Edgartown

Average daily incidence rate: 57.7 per 100,000 residents

18. Pittsfield

Average daily incidence rate: 57.5 per 100,000 residents

19. Barnstable

Average daily incidence rate: 57.3 per 100,000 residents

19. Dracut

Average daily incidence rate: 57.3 per 100,000 residents

21. Sutton

Average daily incidence rate: 52.6 per 100,000 residents

22. West Springfield

Average daily incidence rateL 52.3 per 100,000 residents

23. Leominster

Average daily incidence rate: 51.5 per 100,000 residents

23. Swansea

Average daily incidence rate: 51.5 per 100,000 residents

25. Middleton

Average daily incidence rate: 51.4 per 100,000 residents

26. Hampden

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Average daily incidence rate: 51 per 100,000 residents

27. Sterling

Average daily incidence rate: 50.9 per 100,000 residents

28. Holden

Average daily incidence rate: 50.4 per 100,000 residents

28. Holyoke

Average daily incidence rate: 50.4 per 100,000 residents

30. Somerset

Average daily incidence rate: 50.1 per 100,000 residents

31. Saugus

Average daily incidence rate: 49.9 per 100,000 residents

32. Tewksbury

Average daily incidence rate: 49.6 per 100,000 residents

33. Tyngsborough

Average daily incidence rate: 49.5 per 100,000 residents

34. Wenham

Average daily incidence rate: 49.4 per 100,000 residents

35. Chicopee

Average daily incidence rate: 49.1 per 100,000 residents

36. Norfolk

Average daily incidence rate: 48.6 per 100,000 residents

37. New Bedford

Average daily incidence rate: 48.3 per 100,000 residents

38. Charlton

Average daily incidence rate: 47.9 per 100,000 residents

39. Dartmouth

Average daily incidence rate: 47.7 per 100,000 residents

40. Gardner

Average daily incidence rate: 47.4 per 100,000 residents

41. Marion

Average daily incidence rate: 46.6 per 100,000 residents

42. Westport

Average daily incidence rate: 44.8 per 100,000 residents

43. Stoneham

Average daily incidence rate: 43.6 per 100,000 residents

44. Fitchburg

Average daily incidence rate: 42.2 per 100,000 residents

45. West Boylston

Average daily incidence rate: 42.8 per 100,000 residents

46. Rehoboth

Average daily incidence rate: 42.7 per 100,000 residents 

47. Woburn

Average daily incidence rate: 42.5 per 100,000 residents

48. Milford

Average daily incidence rate: 42.1 per 100,000 residents

49. North Brookfield

Average daily incidence rate: 41.6 per 100,000 residents

50. Hopedale

Average daily incidence rate: 40.6 per 100,000 residents

51. Framingham

Average daily incidence rate: 40.2 per 100,000 residents

52. Millbury

Average daily incidence rate: 39.7 per 100,000 residents

53. Attleboro

Average daily incidence rate: 39.5 per 100,000 residents

54. Brockton

Average daily incidence rate: 39.2 per 100,000 residents

55. Paxton

Average daily incidence rate: 38.9 per 100,000 residents

56. Wilmington

Average daily incidence rate: 38.5 per 100,000 residents

57. Acushnet

Average daily incidence rate: 38.3 per 100,000 residents

57. Chelmsford

Average daily incidence rate: 38.3 per 100,000 residents

57. Boxford

Average daily incidence rate: 38.3 per 100,000 residents

60. Malden

Average daily incidence rate: 38 per 100,000 residents

61. Southwick

Average daily incidence rate: 37.9 per 100,000 residents

62. Rutland

Average daily incidence rate: 37.6 per 100,000 residents

63. Clinton

Average daily incidence rate: 37 per 100,000 residents

64. Dighton

Average daily incidence rate: 36.9 per 100,000 residents

64. Randolph

Average daily incidence rate: 36.9 per 100,000 residents

66. Leicester

Average daily incidence rate: 36.8 per 100,000 residents

67. Billerica

Average daily incidence rate: 36.1 per 100,00 residents 

67. Spencer

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Average daily incidence rate: 36.1 per 100,000 residents

69. Hudson

Average daily incidence rate: 35.3 per 100,000 residents

70. Blackstone

Average daily incidence rate: 34 per 100,000 residents

71. Salisbury

Average daily incidence rate: 33.9 per 100,000 residents

72. Mendon

Average daily incidence rate: 33.4 per 100,000 residents

73. Freetown

Average daily incidence rate: 33.2 per 100,000 residents

74. Bellingham

Average daily incidence rate: 32.9 per 100,000 residents

74. Lunenberg

Average daily incidence rate: 32.9 per 100,000 residents

76. Granby

Average daily incidence rate: 32.7 per 100,000 residents

77. Stoughton

Average daily incidence rate: 32.3 per 100,000 residents

78. Taunton

Average daily incidence rate: 31.9 per 100,000 residents

79. North Attleborough

Average daily incidence rate: 31.3 per 100,000 residents

80. Merrimac

Average daily incidence rate: 30.4 per 100,000 residents

81. Georgetown

Average daily incidence rate: 30.2 per 100,000 residents

82. Monson

Average daily incidence rate: 29.8 per 100,000 residents

83. Palmer

Average daily incidence rate: 29 per 100,000 residents

84. Newbury

Average daily incidence rate: 28.1 per 100,000 residents

85. Berkley

Average daily incidence rate: 27.3 per 100,000 residents

86. Sturbridge

Average daily incidence rate: 27 per 100,000 residents

87. Hanover

Average daily incidence rate: 26.3 per 100,000 residents

88. Southborough

Average daily incidence rate: 24.4 per 100,000 residents

89. Uxbridge

Average daily incidence rate: 24.2 per 100,000 residents

90. Upton

Average daily incidence rate: 24.1 per 100,000 residents

91.Douglas

Average daily incidence rate: 23.3 per 100,000 residents

92. Abington

Average daily incidence rate: 23.1 per 100,000 residents

93. Whitman

Average daily incidence rate: 23 per 100,000 residents

94. Lancaster

Average daily incidence rate: 21.6 per 100,000 residents

95. Littleton

Average daily incidence rate: 20.5 per 100,000 residents

96. Plainville

Average daily incidence rate: 20.2 per 100,000 residents

97. Wareham

Average daily incidence rate: 19.8 per 100,000 residents

Here’s all of the state’s data:


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