6 communities have the highest risk of COVID-19 infection

Here's a look at each of the communities in the red zone.

Karina Mendoza, a registered nurse, waits for a patient At East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

The number of communities with the highest risk of COVID-19 has again dropped by half this week, down to 6 from 13 last week.

The ongoing downward trend of red-zone communities continues. Just two weeks ago, 26 cities and towns made the list. The week before that, it was 48.

The weekly COVID-19 status map from the Mass. Department of Public Health. – Mass. Department of Public Health

A community receives a red-zone designation based on a few factors. Small communities with under 10,000 residents are placed in the red zone if they have more than 25 cases total over the last two weeks, according to the state. For communities between 10,000 and 50,000 people, a red-zone designation is given if the community has 10 or more average daily cases per 100,000 residents and if the positivity rate is greater than or equal to 5 percent. For communities over 50,000, they need a daily average of 10 or more cases per 100,000 residents and a positivity rate of 4 percent or higher. 


Here’s a look at each of the red zone cities and towns, listed alphabetically:

  • Acushnet
  • Edgartown
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • New Bedford
  • Taunton

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