Number of Mass. communities considered high-risk for coronavirus drops to 66

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released an updated list on Thursday detailing the number of coronavirus cases in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

RELATED: ‘Pissed off’ Baker promises improvements after vaccine scheduling website fails

In an attempt to guide schools and businesses through the state’s phased reopening plan, the colors were previously based on an area’s average virus rate out of 100,000 people.

However, many communities across the Bay State do not reach the 100,000 resident threshold. This prompted health officials to revamp the color-coding system based on population size and positivity rate.

Just 66 cities and towns now fall in the Department of Public Health’s highest-risk category for COVID-19 transmission under the state’s guidelines, down from the 110 that were reported last week.

RELATED: Fully vaccinated people can skip COVID quarantines, CDC says

The high-risk communities include:

  • Abington
  • Acushnet
  • Ayer
  • Barnstable
  • Berkley
  • Blackstone
  • Bolton
  • Boxford
  • Brewster
  • Bridgewater
  • Brockton
  • Carver
  • Chatham
  • Chelsea
  • Chicopee
  • Clinton
  • Cohasset
  • Dighton
  • Douglas
  • Dracut
  • Fall River
  • Freetown
  • Gardner
  • Georgetown
  • Haverhill
  • Holyoke
  • Lakeville
  • Lancaster
  • Lawrence
  • Leominster
  • Littleton
  • Lowell
  • Ludlow
  • Lynn
  • Marion
  • Methuen
  • Middleboro
  • New Bedford
  • North Reading
  • Orleans
  • Oxford
  • Peabody
  • Plainville
  • Plymouth
  • Raynham
  • Revere
  • Rockland
  • Rutland
  • Saugus
  • Seekonk
  • Somerset
  • Southampton
  • Southbridge
  • Southwick
  • Springfield
  • Sterling
  • Sunderland
  • Swansea
  • Taunton
  • Templeton
  • Ware
  • West Bridgewater
  • Westminster
  • Westport
  • Weymouth
  • Whitman

The Department of Public Health also releases information on the number of cases and contacts associated with clusters of infection in certain settings including households, organized sports, retail settings and social gatherings.

Mass. DPH

The report also states that 238,006 people have completed their quarantine to date and 13,151 are still undergoing theirs.

Click here to view a full town-by-town breakdown of data for all 351 communities in the Commonwealth.

Click here for more coronavirus coverage.

(Copyright (c) 2020 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)