Watertown remained “yellow” in the State’s COVID-19 tracking program this week, but the number of positive cases of COVID-19 rose close to the threshold for the Town to become “red,” or high risk.
The Town has a total of 34 positive COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks for a total of 514. That puts Watertown’s rate at 7.32 cases per 100,000 residents, so the town remained yellow (or moderate risk). Communities with more than 8 cases per 100,000 residents are considered high risk (red) in the Massachusetts Community Level COVID-19 Reporting program.
The rate of positive results on COVID-19 tests also rose. The Town had 43 positive tests, and the positive test rate was 1.07 percent.
The number of cases has risen over the past few weeks. Three weeks ago Watertown was under 4 per 100,000 and remained “green,” or lower risk. Two weeks ago Watertown had 4.5 cases per 100,000 residents, last week it rose to 5 cases per 100,000.
The positive test rate has also gone up in recent weeks. Two weeks ago Watertown’s rate was 0.70 percent and last week it was 0.74.
All but one surrounding communities saw higher number of cases this week, too. Cambridge was the lone exception, and moved from yellow to green. Belmont and Newton remain yellow, while Boston and Waltham are red.
Statewide, Massachusetts had 11,557 cases over the last two weeks, with an average per day of 11.8 per 100,000 residents. Middlesex County had 2,178 cases over the past two weeks, with an average daily case rate of 9.6 per 100,000 residents. Both the state and county rates were higher than last week.