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Coronavirus Hot Spots: The 50 Mass. Communities With the Highest Rates of Cases

Chelsea topped the list with 2,412 confirmed COVID-19 cases, a rate of 6,403.89 per 100,000 people

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For the fifth straight week, the state Department of Public Health released a breakdown of the total number of coronavirus cases in each Massachusetts city and town.

Health officials also released data showing which communities had the highest rate of positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people from Jan. 1 through May 13.

Below is a list of the 50 Massachusetts communities with the highest rates of positive COVID-19 cases right now:

  1. Chelsea – 2,412 cases, 6,403.89 rate
  2. Brockton – 3,429 cases, 3,490.14 rate
  3. Everett – 1,366 cases, 2,814.38 rate
  4. Lynn – 2,834 cases, 2,808.63 rate
  5. Lawrence – 2,382 cases, 2,701.42 rate
  6. Revere – 1,403 cases, 2,303.16 rate
  7. Randolph – 787 cases, 2,299.89 rate
  8. Danvers – 616 cases, 2,157.18 rate
  9. Lowell – 2,215 cases, 1,895.45 rate
  10. Stoughton – 512 cases, 1,851.21 rate
  11. Worcester – 3,549 cases, 1,849.7 rate
  12. Braintree – 724 cases, 1,839.44 rate
  13. Topsfield – 106 cases, 1,813.85 rate
  14. Framingham – 1,347 cases, 1,808.87 rate
  15. Milford – 525 cases, 1,791.61
  16. Holyoke – 723 cases, 1,754.67 rate
  17. Shirley – 144 cases, 1,708.37 rate
  18. Boston – 11,551 cases, 1,662.09 rate
  19. Marlborough – 698 cases, 1,606.85 rate
  20. Tewksbury – 484 cases, 1,571.91 rate
  21. Norwood – 462 cases, 1,534.26 rate
  22. Wrentham – 172 cases, 1,525.57 rate
  23. Saugus – 432 cases, 1,519.77 rate
  24. Waltham – 994 cases, 1,491.16 rate
  25. Holbrook – 166 cases, 1,469.67 rate
  26. Malden – 986 cases, 1,455.27 rate
  27. Peabody – 809 cases, 1,450.71
  28. Westborough – 273 cases, 1,448.88 rate
  29. Stoneham – 322 cases, 1,443.69 rate
  30. Haverhill – 950 cases, 1,442.77 rate
  31. Bedford – 214 cases, 1,436.59 rate
  32. Medford – 870 cases, 1,430.58 rate
  33. Agawam – 404 cases, 1,412.37 rate
  34. Avon – 61 cases, 1,392.47 rate
  35. Raynham – 206 cases, 1,379.12 rate
  36. Methuen – 737 cases, 1,376.26 rate
  37. Rockland – 246 cases, 1,363.91 rate
  38. West Bridgewater – 98 cases, 1,352.19 rate
  39. East Longmeadow – 224 cases, 1,324.31 rate
  40. Taunton – 758 cases, 1,323.35 rate
  41. Northbridge – 235 cases, 1,306.69 rate
  42. Middleton – 132 cases, 1,279.15 rate
  43. Millbury – 173 cases, 1,266.74 rate
  44. Longmeadow – 195 cases, 1,257.27 rate
  45. Northborough – 171 cases, 1,249.01 rate
  46. New Bedford – 1,241 cases, 1,246.55 rate
  47. Fitchburg – 516 cases, 1,224.12 rate
  48. Wilbraham – 178 cases, 1,224 rate
  49. Wilmington – 298 cases, 1,222.65 rate
  50. Templeton – 109 cases, 1,220.47 rate

Rate per 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases (Jan. 1-May 13, 2020)

Most of these communities appeared on last week's list as well. Here is a closer look at that list, which was the third town-by-town breakdown released by the state.

The Massachusetts community hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic is Chelsea, so we talked to its chief of police to learn how they're adjusting.
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