The number of people hospitalized due to the virus rose to 547 in the state — 200 more patients than were counted as one of month ago. Four hospitals in the state were reported at surge capacity.
The five-month high comes amid rising surging numbers nationally where this week saw the highest single-day count of the entire pandemic.
This past week, the state announced 77 communities were designated high-risk for the coronavirus in the town-by-town data released by the state, up from 63 the week before. The state as a whole also remained above the high-risk threshold, reporting over eight average daily cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks.
The positive test rate over the last two weeks increased in 130 — or 37 percent — of the 351 communities in the state. The rate fell in 90 — or 25.6 percent — communities and held steady in the remaining 131.
State rules mean that high-risk communities, plus others that were high-risk in the last two updates, cannot move on to the next phase of reopening. Towns were marked high-risk, or red, if they reported more than eight average daily confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks.