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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.In Waltham, which moved into the red zone last week and remained there this week as it deals with a “significant surge” of cases, the board of health is now ordering all residents and visitors to wear face coverings in public or face a fine of $300.
The high-risk designation also prompted at least two school districts to delay bringing students back to classrooms. Webster schools Superintendent Ruthann Petruno-Goguen sent a letter to the school community on Wednesday saying the district won’t move forward with its hybrid learning model as originally planned on Oct. 19, and would reassess on Nov. 10.
Brockton has also decided to “stay the course” with remote learning, said Mayor Robert Sullivan, who also chairs the school committee that will reevaluate in-person learning later this month.
“It’s troubling,” to not be able to bring high-needs students back to the classroom, Sullivan said. “Our No. 1 priority is to get kids back to school, but we have to do it in a safe way for the students and the employees and the teachers. It’s frustrating we haven’t been able to do that.”