These communities include Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Clinton, Dighton, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Freetown, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Marion, Methuen, Milford, New Bedford, Norfolk, Plainville, Revere, Seekonk, Shirley, Somerset, Springfield, Swansea, Tisbury, Uxbridge, West Springfield, and Westport.
Gov. Charlie Baker recently changed the criteria of what makes a community at high risk for the coronavirus. A community is put into the state’s red zone if there are more than 25 total cases for populations under 10,000. Among the requirements, if a population is between 10,000 and 50,000, there must be at least a 5% positivity rate. And for populations over 50,000, there must be at least a 4% positivity rate.
This comes as the coronavirus death toll continues to climb in Massachusetts. The have been more than 10,000 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.
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