Covid numbers remain low amid slight increase in new cases

Mar 21, 2021

After holding steady at 47 cases for the past two weeks, Dartmouth has seen an ever-so-slight slight increase in new Covid-19 cases, according to the latest report from the town’s Board of Health.

This week, the Dartmouth saw 59 new cases of the virus — the first increase since the Feb. 5 report.

Despite the bump, Dartmouth remains classified as “yellow” per the state’s guidelines for the fifth week in a row.

According to the state’s weekly report, the town had a 14-day average daily incidence rate of 16 per 100,000 people and a 2.49% positivity rate in the two weeks ending March 16.

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

The state also reports no new cases in the town’s public schools for the second week in a row. There have been 290 confirmed cases among staff and students at the schools since the Board of Health began reporting numbers in December.

Elementary schools are expected to reopen for full in-person learning on April 5. Middle schools will be required to reopen full time on April 28.

Meanwhile, UMass Dartmouth reported 10 new cases this past week — 0.81% of the 1,230 tested.

At the Bristol County House of Correction, the state reports zero new cases among inmates and fewer than five among staff.

According to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jonathan Darling, vaccinations have been offered to all inmates and staff, and continue to be offered to all inmates and staff. So far, 188 inmates and 188 staff have gotten their first doses at the Faunce Corner jail.

As new groups continue to be added to the commonwealth’s vaccination rollout, inoculation rates in Bristol County are on the rise — with 21% of all residents getting a first shot, making the county no longer last in that category.

Just 11% have gotten a second shot, although for nearly 5,000 Southcoast Health patients earlier this month, only one dose is needed with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As of March 20, Massachusetts has an estimated 26,433 active Covid-19 cases, with 16,498 coronavirus-related deaths reported since the pandemic began.

There have been 577,902 total confirmed cases in the commonwealth thus far, representing more than 8.3% of the population.

So far, 972,103 people in Massachusetts have been fully vaccinated.