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Massachusetts would now be considered at high risk for COVID-19 transmission under its own risk assessment system, according to data released Wednesday, while the number of cities and towns in the red zone climbed to a new high of 63.

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The statewide average daily case rate stood at 8.7 per 100,000 residents over the two-week period ending Oct. 10, a metric that would put the state into its own high-risk “red zone” per the methodology the Department of Public Health uses to evaluate cities and towns each week.

Landing in the red zone automatically stops a municipality from moving forward with step two of the third phase of reopening. The entire state will not pause in reopening, the Herald learned Wednesday night.

The number of cities and towns at highest risk grew to 63 from 40 last week, continuing a rise from 23 the week prior.

Those in the red zone this week are: Abington, Acushnet, Amherst, Attleboro, Auburn, Berkley, Boston, Brockton, Canton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Dartmouth, East Bridgewater, East Longmeadow, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River, Framingham, Hanover, Hanson, Haverhill, Hingham, Holbrook, Holliston, Holyoke, Hudson, Kingston, Lawrence, Leicester, Littleton, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Marlboro, Marshfield, Methuen, Middleton, Milford, Milton, Nantucket, New Bedford, North Andover, Oxford, Pembroke, Plymouth, Randolph, Revere, Rockland, Saugus, Shrewsbury, Somerville, Southboro, Springfield, Sunderland, Tyngsboro, Wakefield, Waltham, Webster, West Newbury, Weymouth, Winthrop, Woburn and Worcester.

Avon, Dracut, Dudley and Southbridge exited the red zone.

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