Mass. DPH seeing improvement in number of ‘high-risk’ communities

Mass. DPH seeing improvement in number of ‘high-risk’ communities

EAST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — The Covid-19 numbers continue to show promising signs of staying down. For five straight weeks, the number of red towns on the state’s Covid map has been dropping.

Karen Burden lives in Bridgewater, which is still a high-risk red town, and Friday she was shopping in East Bridgewater, now a yellow moderate risk town.

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“I try to avoid shopping, going out shopping. Things like that. Staying in the house a little more,” said Burden.

Over the past few months, you can see the trend of red towns go up and then down.

There were just a handful of red towns before Thanksgiving.

The red consumed much of the state by mid-January.

This week there are more than 40 fewer high-risk red towns.

East Bridgewater Town Administrator Brian Noble says they are now in the yellow after multiple months in the red.

“Very pleased and I think it is the end of the holiday surge and we just hope people will continue to be conservative and socially distant, the masks, washing our hands, and all the things we have supposed to have been doing,” said Noble.

East Bridgewater says their goal now is to stick to what’s working.

“We want to stay out of the red so we want to try everything we possibly can to make sure we continue what got us out,” said Noble.

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