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Lowell General Hospital holds a soft opening on the first day of its mass vaccination site at Cross River Center on Pawtucket Boulevard. It’s by appointment and has supplies of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Depending on volume of people scheduled for each vaccine, they can how many stations are dedicated to each. (SUN/Julia Malakie)
Lowell General Hospital holds a soft opening on the first day of its mass vaccination site at Cross River Center on Pawtucket Boulevard. It’s by appointment and has supplies of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Depending on volume of people scheduled for each vaccine, they can how many stations are dedicated to each. (SUN/Julia Malakie)
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BOSTON – Only one Massachusetts town remains in the category that the Department of Public Health considers to be at highest risk of COVID-19 transmission: tiny Tisbury, on Martha’s Vineyard.

For Tisbury, a town of about 4,000 people, to be “in the red,” it would have had to have recorded more than 25 cases of COVID-19 over the last two weeks. DPH said there were 452 tests of Tisbury residents in the last two weeks and that 6.86 percent of them came back positive — or about 31 new cases.

There are still 19 towns are in DPH’s yellow category, which denotes communities where the risk of coronavirus transmission is thought to be elevated but more moderate. At one point in January, almost two-thirds of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts were considered high-risk and coded red on DPH’s map.

Public health authorities also confirmed 215 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and announced nine recent COVID-19 deaths. Since the pandemic began, 660,513 people here have been infected with the coronavirus and 17,850 people have died, when counting about 360 people who died with likely cases of COVID-19.

The state’s seven-day average positive test rate dropped to 0.8 percent as of Thursday’s report — approaching its all-time low of 0.77 percent recorded Sept. 21, 2020. The 253 people reported as hospitalized with COVID-19 in Thursday’s update represents a decline of 11 patients from 24 hours earlier.

DPH said Thursday that it will not post COVID-19 case, testing, hospitalization and death information on Monday, Memorial Day. Instead, the agency will post two day’s worth of data on Tuesday.

Also,  more than 57,000 more vaccine doses were reported as administered between Wednesday and Thursday, according to Department of Public Health data.

Of those, the bulk — 36,558 — were second Pfizer or Moderna doses, another 19,058 were first doses from those two manufacturers, and the remaining 1,564 were the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

A total of 7,692,143 COVID-19 shots have now been given in Massachusetts, representing more than 85 percent of the roughly 9 million doses shipped here by the federal government, and 3,558,197 people have received the necessary doses to become fully vaccinated.