BOSTON (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health in its latest report Thursday, listed 14 high-risk COVID-19 communities in western Massachusetts. 

The number of high-risk (red zone) areas continues to trend downward as 15 communities were listed in that category last week. A ‘red zone’ means more than 25 COVID-19 cases were reported in that community in the last 14 days.

According to state health officials, the following western Massachusetts communities are in the red zone as of Thursday, February 11, 2021:  

  • Adams 
  • Chicopee 
  • Great Barrington 
  • Hampden 
  • Holyoke 
  • Ludlow 
  • Monson 
  • Palmer 
  • Southampton 
  • Southwick 
  • Springfield 
  • Sunderland 
  • Ware 
  • West Springfield 

The state takes population size into account when determining an area’s level of COVID-19 spread.

 There are now 18 western Massachusetts areas at moderate risk for the virus. The DPH listed the following cities/towns in the ‘yellow zone,’ meaning the following areas reported less than or equal to 25 COVID-19 cases in two weeks:

  • Agawam 
  • Amherst 
  • Belchertown  
  • Brimfield 
  • Dalton  
  • East Longmeadow  
  • Easthampton  
  • Granby 
  • Greenfield 
  • Hadley  
  • Longmeadow 
  • Montague 
  • North Adams 
  • Northampton 
  • Pittsfield  
  • South Hadley 
  • Westfield  
  • Wilbraham 

Last week, there were more than 20 ‘yellow zones’ in western Massachusetts. The areas considered as low risk (green zone) are Deerfield, Hatfield, Holland, Lenox, Orange, Russell, and Williamstown.

‘Yellow zones’ are areas that reported less than or a total of 15 COVID-19 cases in two weeks.

Massachusetts reported 2,213 new COVID-19 cases along with 61 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the state to 521,045 total cases and 14,903 deaths.

Photo: DPH