Half of Massachusetts counties consider a high risk of COVID-19 transmission

                The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has rated half of Massachusetts' 14 counties with high community levels of COVID-19.  The ranking is based on a handful of factors, such as new hospital admissions for COVID-19, recent case counts, and the total capacity of the community hospital.  Berkshire County reported the highest case rate per 100,000 people last week.  Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Hampshire, Worcester and Barnstable counties also had high levels of community virus transmission.  Bristol County was the only county in Massachusetts that was considered to have low levels of community transmission.  CDC's community-wide COVID-19 classifications are based on new COVID-19 cases in a county over the past 7 days, relative to the population, the number of new COVID-19 patient admissions confirmed during the last 7 days. 7 days in relation to the county population and the average percentage of 7 days of hospital beds occupied by patients with COVID-19.  The agency recommends that people in counties with high community levels of COVID-19 take steps to reduce transmission, such as wearing a mask in indoor public spaces and on public transportation.  "Keep up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms," the CDC said.  "If you are at high risk for serious illness, consider taking extra precautions."  COVID-19 cases have a higher trend The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported on Friday 3,836 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The state's seven-day positivity rate continues to rise, now at 6.63%, the same level it was in early February.  , but much lower than the 23.06% positivity level observed at the peak of the COVID-19 increase in early January.  COVID-19 positivity levels bottomed out in mid-March, before rising slowly in the following days and weeks.  19 hospitalizations have continued to rise slowly since mid-March, with 567 patients now in Massachusetts hospitals, however, ICU cases remain low.  Massachusetts reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases a day since early February, data released by the Department of Public Health showed, with 4,376 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Massachusetts COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and fatalities 
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                <strong class="dateline">BOSTON -</strong>                                          <p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has rated half of Massachusetts' 14 counties with high community levels of COVID-19. 

The ranking is based on a handful of factors, such as new hospital admissions for COVID-19, recent case counts, and the overall hospital capacity of the community.

Berkshire County had the highest case rate per 100,000 people last week.

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

Bristol County was the only county in Massachusetts that was considered to have low levels of community transmission.

CDC’s community-wide COVID-19 classifications are based on new COVID-19 cases in a county over the past 7 days, relative to the population, the number of new COVID-19 patient admissions confirmed during the last 7 days. 7 days in relation to the county population and the average percentage of 7 days of hospital beds occupied by patients with COVID-19.

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

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

Massive cases of COVID-19 have a higher trend

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

The state’s seven-day positivity rate continues to rise, and now stands at 6.63%, the same level it was in early February, but well below the 23.06% positivity level observed at the peak. of the increase in COVID-19 in early January. .

COVID-19 positivity levels bottomed out in mid-March, before slowly rising in the following days and weeks.

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

Massachusetts reported its highest COVID-19 case count in a day since early February on Thursday, according to data released by the Department of Public Health, with 4,376 confirmed COVID-19 cases.


Massachusetts COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and fatalities

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