State public health officials say 68 towns are now at the highest alert level for COVID-19.
Public health officials then rolled out a new color-coded alert system, which initially listed 11 towns in the highest-level “red” zone. After a few days, that number jumped to 19. One week later, it increased to 30.
As of Thursday, Nov. 5, that number is now 68 towns.
State officials say they’ll encourage people to get tested for COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms, if that community is on the red zone list.
Asymptomatic testing will also be encouraged in lower-level “orange” zones, a list that now includes an additional 44 towns.
State officials said town-by-town alert data will be updated weekly. According to DPH, the map does not include cases among people who reside in nursing homes, assisted living or correctional facilities.
This post was updated on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 4:51 p.m. ET, to reflect the most recently released data from the state Department of Public Health.