Numbers show elevated COVID-19 levels in cities

In the ninth week of the COVID-19 state of emergency, more than 50 Massachusetts communities, including many cities, have caseloads of above 1,000 per 100,000 residents, according to state data released on Wednesday.

The latest numbers show Chelsea, at 5,958 cases per 100,000 residents, and Brockton (3,256 cases per 100,000 residents) have the highest rates of confirmed cases. Lynn (2,513) Lawrence (2,240) Randolph (2,148) and Revere (2,146) also have elevated case levels, as does Everett (2,497), home to one of the state's two casinos, which both remain closed. Boston, the state's largest city, has recorded 1,544 cases per 100,000 residents.

The report, covering data through May 6, lists more than 72,000 confirmed cases, for a statewide rate of 1,034 confirmed cases per 100,000 people.

Many communities show much lower rates of COVID-19 and several smaller communities, like Hawley, Monroe, and Wendell, are listed with no confirmed cases. The Department of Public Health updates the community data weekly and the numbers reflect confirmed cases since Jan. 1.