Here are the coronavirus hotspot communities in Massachusetts with positive test rates over 3%

A number of Massachusetts cities and towns are struggling to extinguish coronavirus hotspots as the closely watched positive test rates in their communities remain above 3% — a red flag for reopening schools and the economy, epidemiologists say.

As of Aug. 5, the following communities with 50 or more positive coronavirus cases reported positive test rates higher than 3%, according to state health data:

Positive test rate higher than 5%:

Lynn, 6.12%
Revere, 6.05%
Brockton, 5.12%

Positive test rate higher than 4%:

Chelsea, 4.93%
Everett, 4.82%
Saugus, 4.37%
Wrentham, 4.18%

Positive test rate higher than 3%:

Winthrop, 3.85%
Chicopee, 3.82%
Fall River, 3.55%
Berkley, 3.50%
Lawrence, 3.49%
Georgetown, 3.45%
Malden, 3.27%
Quincy, 3.25%
Randolph, 3.25%
Ashland, 3.02%

The seven-day average positive test rate statewide was 1.8% as of Sunday, according to state health data.

 

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