Half of Massachusetts counties considered high risk for COVID-19 transmission

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have rated half of Massachusetts’ 14 counties as having high community levels of COVID-19. The rankings are based on a handful of factors including new hospital admissions for COVID-19, recent case counts, and the community’s overall hospital capacity.Berkshire County reported the highest case rate per 100,000 individuals over the past week.Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Hampshire, Worcester and Barnstable counties also had high community transmission levels of the virus. Bristol county was the only Massachusetts county considered to have low community transmission levels. The CDC’s COVID-19 community level ranks are based on new COVID-19 cases across a county over the past 7 days, relative to the population, the number of new admission of patients with confirmed COVID-19 over the past 7 days relative to the county population and the 7-day average percentage of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. The agency recommends people in counties with high community levels of COVID-19 take actions to reduce transmission, such as wearing a mask in indoor public spaces and on public transportation. “Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms,” the CDC said. “If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions.” Mass. COVID-19 cases trending higherThe Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 3,836 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday.The state’s seven-day positivity rate continues to increase — and now sits at 6.63%, the same level it was at in early February , but far lower than the 23.06% positivity level seen at the peak of the COVID-19 surge in early January.The COVID-19 positivity levels bottomed out in mid-March, before slowly trending higher in the days and weeks since.COVID- 19 hospitalizations have continued to slowly increase since mid-March, with 567 patients now in Massachusetts hospitals, however, ICU cases remain low.Massachusetts reported its highest one-day COVID-19 case count Thursday since early February, data released from the Department of Public Health showed, with 4,376 confirmed COVID-19 cases.Massachusetts COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and fatalities

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have rated half of Massachusetts’ 14 counties as having high community levels of COVID-19.

The rankings are based on a handful of factors including new hospital admissions for COVID-19, recent case counts, and the community’s overall hospital capacity.

Berkshire County reported the highest case rate per 100,000 individuals over the past week.

Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Hampshire, Worcester and Barnstable counties also had high community transmission levels of the virus.

Bristol county was the only Massachusetts county considered to have low community transmission levels.

The CDC’s COVID-19 community level ranks are based on new COVID-19 cases across a county over the past 7 days, relative to the population, the number of new admission of patients with confirmed COVID-19 over the past 7 days relative to the county population and the 7-day average percentage of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.

The agency recommends people in counties with high community levels of COVID-19 take actions to reduce transmission, such as wearing a mask in indoor public spaces and on public transportation.

“Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms,” the CDC said. “If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions.”

Mass. COVID-19 cases trending higher

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 3,836 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate continues to increase — and now sits at 6.63%, the same level it was at in early February, but far lower than the 23.06% positivity level seen at the peak of the COVID-19 surge in early January .

The COVID-19 positivity levels bottomed out in mid-March, before slowly trending higher in the days and weeks since.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have continued to slowly increase since mid-March, with 567 patients now in Massachusetts hospitals, however, ICU cases remain low.

Massachusetts reported its highest one-day COVID-19 case count Thursday since early February, data released from the Department of Public Health showed, with 4,376 confirmed COVID-19 cases.


Massachusetts COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and fatalities

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