Dartmouth back in the 'green' per state's Covid reports
After months in the “yellow” category, Dartmouth is back in the “green” category of the state’s Covid-19 risk reporting as new cases continue to remain low.
This week, the town’s Board of Health reported ten new cases of the virus — that number represents an increase of one over last week but a significant drop from cases reported in the last month.
The nine cases last week were the lowest reported since September.
The green classification means the town has a daily incidence rate of fewer than 10 per 100,000. According to state data, the town has a positivity rate of 1.14% and an average daily incidence rate of 4.4.
The news comes as all remaining Covid restrictions will be lifted by Gov. Charlie Baker on May 29. On that date, all industries will be allowed to open at 100 percent capacity and gathering limits will be removed.
According to the state data, 18,147 Dartmouth residents — 49% of the population — have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Numbers of those who were fully vaccinated were not immediately available.
Residents 50 and older are highly likely to have received the vaccine. Eighty-nine percent of those 75 and older, 90 percent of residents 65 to 74 and 72 percent of those ages 50 to 64 have received at least one dose, according to state statistics.
The numbers drop off significantly with the younger population. Only 25 percent of residents 20 to 29 have received at least one dose, with 49 percent of those ages 30 to 49 falling in the same category.
No cases were reported this week among either students or staff at the Dartmouth schools, according to the latest numbers from the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education.
Fewer than five cases were reported at Southcoast Behavioral Health psychiatric facility on Faunce Corner Road.
Vaccines remain available for town residents at several locations, including the VF Outlet and the North Dartmouth Walmart. To find other locations where vaccines are being distributed, visit vaxfinder.mass.gov.