DPH lists 20 western Massachusetts communities as high-risk for COVID-19

Coronavirus Local Impact

BOSTON (WWLP) – Twenty western Massachusetts communities are at high-risk for COVID-19, according to a weekly report by the state Department of Public Health. 

According to the report, the following local areas are in the “red zone,” as of Thursday, January 7, 2021:  

  • Agawam 
  • Chicopee  
  • Deerfield 
  • East Longmeadow  
  • Granby  
  • Hadley  
  • Holyoke  
  • Lee 
  • Longmeadow  
  • Ludlow 
  • Monson  
  • Montague  
  • Orange  
  • Palmer  
  • Southampton  
  • Southwick  
  • Springfield  
  • West Springfield  
  • Westfield  
  • Wilbraham 

To fall under the ‘red zone’ or high-risk category means the city or town reported more than 25 total cases in the last 14 days. This is also based on the state’s new criteria which now takes population size into account when determining an area’s level of COVID-19 spread.

Thursday’s data also showed the communities below as moderate risk ‘yellow zone’ for COVID-19: 

  • Adams 
  • Amherst 
  • Belchertown  
  • Brimfield 
  • Dalton  
  • Easthampton  
  • Great Barrington  
  • Greenfield 
  • Hampden  
  • Holland 
  • North Adams  
  • Northampton  
  • Pittsfield  
  • South Hadley  
  • Ware 
  • Williamstown

Communities in the green zone include, meaning they are at low risk of spreading the virus includes: 

  • Granville 
  • Lanesborough 

Also as of January 6, 2021, there were 192,078 Massachusetts residents subject to quarantine with 170,238 no longer in quarantine and 21,840 currently undergoing or being monitored.

Massachusetts has a total of 386,052 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of date with over 12,000 confirmed deaths related to the virus.

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