GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Greenfield is encouraging residents and surrounding communities to mask up, as traces of COVID-19 are becoming more prevalent in water testing.

Greenfield is at a moderate risk level, along with Montague, Deerfield, and Sunderland. The latest state data on COVID-19 from the 17th showed that Massachusetts had a positivity rate of just under 10 percent.

The CDC evaluates the risk of community spread of Covid-19 on a county-by-county basis each week. Their “low,” “medium,” and “high” community levels are used to serve as guidance for mask-wearing and other precautions.

The CDC recommends people in areas of medium spread consider wearing a mask indoors, especially if they are at high risk for severe illness. Spending time outdoors or having ventilation inside your home can be a preventative measure as well as increasing the distance between yourself and others.

Greenfield and nearby communities will continue to monitor wastewater testing.

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