State House News Service
The COVID-19 positive test rate remains above the state average in three-quarters of the eight hard-hit communities where the Baker administration is offering free testing for the next month, according to weekly state data published Wednesday.
The percent of tests to return positive over the past two weeks was 1.91 percent across Massachusetts, but roughly 3 percent or higher in Lynn, Lawrence, Chelsea, Lowell, New Bedford, and Fall River, indicating that the virus remains more prevalent in those communities, each of which has significant low-income or non-white populations.
Two of those cities surpassed a 6 percent rate, with Lawrence at 6.32 percent and Fall River at 6.25 percent, according to Department of Public Health figures. The other two cities included in the administration’s free testing “Stop the Spread” program, Everett and Marlborough, had positive rates of 1.86 percent and 1.75 percent, respectively, over the past 14 days.