Officials’ best guess is that the virus is simply spreading in a “family setting,” said Kurtaton, whose city has had 8.2 daily cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days.
Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan said his city was experiencing a “slow, steady increase” rather than a “jump or leap” in cases, as might be expected from a hearth in a nursing home or school.
He said the reason seemed to be “friendly parties or small gatherings and people who don̵
There are now 63 cities in Massachusetts that are in the risk or red category, a designation given to communities that have a rate above 8.0, according to data released by the state on Wednesday night. That was more than 40 cities a week ago. When the country first began its ranking in mid-August, only 4 communities were in the red category.
Boston, the state’s largest city, remained in the red with a speed of 11.1. The average for the country also went red, with an average daily rate of 8.7.
Coogan said a number of free testing sites are available on the Fol River and anyone can call City Hall if they have any questions. He said residents should adhere to well-known practices they are tired of hearing about, including social distancing, wearing masks, washing their hands and staying home from work if they feel unwell.
“It’s just a matter of people staying strong and staying smart,” he said.
“No community wants to be in the red zone. We will do everything possible to get out the other side,” he said.
Curtaton noted that the percentage of cases in Somerville is lower than in the state and predicts that the city will “move out and eventually return” in the higher risk category.
He called for a regional pandemic approach rather than the current city-to-city approach, which he likened to the arcade game Whac-a-Mole.
“It is time to be bold and thoughtful to do what we need to do to bring about the resurgence of this pandemic,” he said.
“If we continue with this different approach, city by city, we will face … stopping things at massive levels, and that does not bode well for sustainable recovery,” he warned.
The city has “stable” ability to test and track contacts and will continue to work to educate the public and ask people to be vigilant, not vigilant, he said.
He said the densely populated city was the first in the state to impose masks and to ease the order for masks in the summer to allow people outside to take them off if they are able to distance themselves socially. With the onset of autumn and winter, employees check to see if the row of masks needs to be tightened again so that people can wear them outside, no matter how far they are kept.
“We need to redouble our efforts” to control the virus, he said, “if we want to prevent the tide from taking over.”
In Milton, whose rate was 13.5, Caroline Kinsella, health director, said a handful of cases involving local colleges had “just hit us in the red.”
Milton usually gets 0 to 2 cases a day. If the city exceeds 2.29 cases a day, “we are going to the red zone,” she said.
In general, she said, “the more people get together. The more interaction you have with the more peeks, the more chances you have of the virus spreading.”
She said she is worried about autumn and winter as people gather inside due to the cold weather. The city will continue to try to report on public health, but “people are tired at this point. It’s hard. It’s really hard. “
In Wakefield, which had a speed of 9.0, officials clustered the reason for their immersion in the red zone. A statement posted on the city’s website on Wednesday said that “there has been a significant increase in positive cases in Wakefield due to a cluster in one place.” “.
“This news serves as an important reminder that we must continue to take all measures to slow the spread of the virus, especially since people may have coronavirus but are still asymptomatic,” the statement said.
Michel Montsegur, assistant to the city administrator in Hingham, who had 9.9 percent, said in an email, “Although this is our first week in the red category, the city takes this change very seriously. We continue to emphasize the importance of following the DPH and CDC guidelines, especially with regard to social distancing and facial coverage. We ask all residents, businesses and visitors to be vigilant in following the COVID-19 recommendations of the state and federal. “
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