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Hingham and Weymouth Are On Newest List Of ‘Moderate-Risk’ Communities: Complete South Shore List 

Greg Lane, Hingham Current Staff, September 17, 2020

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health added three “Moderate Risk” communities including Hingham and Weymouth yesterday.  There are a total of five towns listed as moderate risk, including Duxbury, Hingham, Rockland, Weymouth and Whitman.    

Abington was removed from the moderate risk list after reporting 9 cases in the last two weeks. 

 

Hingham has observed two consecutive weeks of an increase in confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.  The town saw an increase of 24 cases over the last two weeks.  It’s not immediately clear if specific events or gatherings have contributed to the spike.

On the DPH website, communities are color-coded based upon the average number of reported cases in the last 14 days.  Red indicates that there were more than 8 cases on average per a population of 100,000 that were reported.  Yellow indicates an average daily case rate of 4-8 cases per 100,000 population; green indicates fewer than 4-8 cases per 100,000 population; and white indicates there were fewer than 5 cases reported in total.

 

DPH points out that their data is fluid. "Data for these tables are based on information available in the DPH surveillance database at a single point in time," says a notation on the spreadsheet. "Case counts for specific cities and towns change throughout the day as data cleaning occurs (removal of duplicate reports within the system) and new demographic information (assigning cases to their city or town of residence) is obtained."

Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Map

Greg can be reached at greg@hinghamcurrent.com.