Covid cases steady in Dartmouth

Mar 13, 2021

New Covid cases are continuing to remain low in Dartmouth. This week, the Board of Health reported 47 instances of the virus — the same as the week before.

According to the state’s weekly report, Dartmouth had a 14-day average daily incidence rate of 18.3 per 100,000 people and a 2.38% positivity rate in the two weeks ending March 9 — keeping the town classified “yellow” per the state’s guidelines for the fourth week in a row.

To revert to green, Dartmouth must have a daily incidence rate fewer than 10 per 100,000 people.

The state reports no new cases in the town’s public schools, while UMass Dartmouth reported two cases — 0.31% of all those tested.

At the Bristol County House of Correction on Faunce Corner, the state lists less than five Covid-Positive inmates as of March 11.

Meanwhile, Bristol County continues to lag behind the rest of the commonwealth in vaccine distribution — although, it is starting to catch up with other counties.

According to state data, 18% of Bristol County residents have gotten a first dose as of March 11 — tied with Hampton County. 

Just 9% of residents have gotten a second shot. Although, for nearly 5,000 Southcoast Health patients, only one dose is needed with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Faunce Corner jail has also seen a slight increase in doses administered. This week, 11 more inmates have gotten their first jabs.

Eleven new staffers have also received a first dose at the jail.

According to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jonathan Darling, the vaccine has been offered to all inmates and staff, and continues to be offered to all inmates and staff in case any change their minds.

As of March 12, Massachusetts has an estimated 25,858 active Covid-19 cases, with 16,274 coronavirus-related deaths reported since the pandemic began.

There have been 565,560 total confirmed cases in the commonwealth thus far, representing 8.2% of the population.

So far, 853,433 vaccines have been administered in the commonwealth.