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BY GAYLA CAWLEY| October 1, 2020

Due to its recent surge in coronavirus cases, Lynnfield is back in the red, joining Lynn and Revere as communities that have been designated as high risk by the state.

However, Saugus, which was red last week, improved to a yellow, or moderate risk community, as its average daily incidence rate dipped to 7.8 new cases per 100,000 residents, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Communities are designated high risk, or red, if they have reported an average daily incidence rate of 8 or higher over the past 14 days.

Lynnfield, which reported a rate of 8.6 new cases over that time period, is now considered high risk again and therefore targeted for state intervention.

The town’s positive test rate over the past two weeks also increased and is now 2.10 percent. But Lynnfield reported no change in its numbers on Thursday, which remained at 146 cases and 14 deaths.

Lynn and Revere, which are among the state leaders in terms of communities that have the worst COVID-19 outbreaks, continued to report a double-digit surge in cases on Thursday.

In Lynn, 19 new cases were reported to bring the city’s caseload to 4,976 cases, 415 of which are active. A total of 118 people have died and 4,443 have recovered from the virus, according to city data.

Fifteen new cases and an additional death were reported in Revere, which brings the city’s total numbers to 2,759 cases and 104 deaths, according to the city website.

In terms of positive test rate, Revere and Lynn have the third and fifth highest rate in the state respectively, at 3.82 percent and 3.33 percent. The other leaders are Lawrence, at 5.91 percent, New Bedford, at 3.92 percent, and Middleton, at 3.78 percent, according to the DPH.

Numbers remained the same in Nahant (52 cases, six deaths) and were not updated in Marblehead, Peabody, Saugus or Swampscott on Thursday.

As of Wednesday, Marblehead had 274 cases and 30 deaths, Peabody had 1,306 cases and 185 deaths, Saugus had 721 cases and 41 deaths, and Swampscott had 168 cases and 11 deaths.