BOSTON (WWLP) – Over 20 western Massachusetts communities are at high-risk for COVID-19, according to a weekly report released by the state Department of Public Health Thursday.
In this week’s report, the public health officials now take into account population size to determine whether an area is at high-risk (red zone), moderate risk (yellow zone), and low risk (green zone).
As of Thursday, December 31, the following 21 local communities are considered a red zone due to an increase in COVID-19 cases reported in the last 14 days:
- East Longmeadow
- South Hadley
- West Springfield
Municipalities listed as yellow zones include:
- Great Barrington
- North Adams
Communities considered at low-risk for the virus spread include Cheshire, Dalton, Hatfield, Holland, and Lanesborough.
Currently, Hampden County had 4,055 new cases in the last 14 days bringing the county’s total to 25,780. Hampshire County reported 642 cases in the last 14 days, the total for that county now stands at 3,742. Franklin County had 214 cases in the last 14 days, bringing the total number of cases for the county to 1,256. In the last 14 days, Berkshire County reported 450 new cases, making the total number of cases 2,845.
To view Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard weekly report, click here.