MA loosens the criteria for its out-of-state travel rules

Restrictions on travel and ocean level are in place. That marks an increase of 702 cases since Thursday. Listed on the basis of meeting two criteria: average daily cases below 10 per 100,000 and a positive test rate of less than 5%, both of which are measured as a 7-day roll average based on data from covidexitstrategy.org.

Currently, the list of low-risk areas includes: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Washington State and Washington, D.C.

The seven-day average of positive tests per total tests administered was at 1.3 percent. However, they said one week will remain the standard for moving states into the lower-risk category.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in MA grew by 550 on Saturday, bringing the total to 139,903 cases as public health officials announced the deaths of 21 additional patients diagnosed with the virus. New Jersey, Hawaii, California and Washington were added to the list of public health departments.

The state DPH also reported an additional 21 deaths among confirmed cases, bringing the state's total number of deaths among confirmed cases to 9,503.

NY and CT also have seen COVID-19 incidence rates surpass the previous lower-risk threshold, though the positive test rates in all three states have remained close to 1 percent.

Those states join NY and Washington, D.C., as well as all of New England except Rhode Island, on the lower-risk list.

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