WGBH reports Gov. Baker said today he's ordered ramped-up testing in eight communities that now have Covid-19 rates far higher than the statewide average.
Covid-19 testing in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lowell, Lawrence, Lynn, Marlborough and New Bedford will be coupled with contact tracing, with the goal of getting more people to self quarantine and so break transmission chains.
Baker said the eight cities have made up 30% of the state's positive tests over the past two weeks despite making up only 9% of the state's population. All have positive test rates around 8%, compared to 2% statewide.