After reaching a new high of COVID-19 cases a week ago, we’re starting to see a downward trend both here in Massachusetts and across the country.

According to a story reported on by WWLP/22 News, the U.S. recorded an 11 percent drop in new COVID-19 cases in the past seven days. Massachusetts saw just under a 30 percent drop in new cases in the same amount of time.

The amount of high-risk communities in the Commonwealth has also dropped. Seven fewer towns and cities including South Hadley, Longmeadow, and Easthampton are no longer in the red, high-risk category.

Judith Pare, a member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said, "We’re at the point in this pandemic where people should feel hopeful. It’s like being at the brink of sunrise. We can see it, we can be hopeful for it, but if we don’t stay diligent it’s going to be elusive.”

While residents like seeing new cases go down, they’re hoping the administration of vaccine doses goes up. The state’s weekly report shows a 24 percent decrease in doses administered compared to the last seven-day period.

As of January 19, we’ve had just under 60,000 vaccine doses shipped to western Massachusetts.

for more on the story, please check out WWLP/22 News' website here and we thank them for the update.

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