New Covid cases steady in town
Covid cases in Dartmouth have plateaued after lowering in recent weeks.
The state’s Department of Public health confirmed 138 cases in Dartmouth over the past two weeks — down two from the state’s previous weekly report.
According to state data, Dartmouth had a 14-day average daily incidence rate of 26.6 per 100,000 people and a 4.69% positivity rate.
Cases are also down in Dartmouth’s public schools.
The state also reported 11 cases across all six schools between Oct. 14 and 20 — eight students and three staff members. Last week, the state reported 24 total cases in the school district.
As numbers of cases remain relatively low, Dartmouth’s vaccination rate remains on the rise.
As of Oct. 21 the state reports that 59% of Dartmouth residents have received at least a first vaccination dose. That amounts to 21,886 people.
More than half of all residents — 54% — are fully vaccinated against the virus.
People aged 12 or older who live, work or study in Massachusetts are eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Those over the age of 18 can sign up to receive any vaccine, but those ages 12 to 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.
Appointments and walk-ins remain available at the former Circuit City Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit vaxfinder.mass.gov.
The state has also set up a call center for those who are unable to access the vaccine appointment website or who have trouble navigating the complex online system.
Residents can also get a shot at CVS at 548 Dartmouth St. and Stop & Shop at 25 Faunce Corner Road.
Vaccinations also continue at the clinic being operated by Southcoast Health at the VF Outlet. Clinics are operated Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Apointments are also offered at Truesdale Health on President Avenue in Fall River on Tuesdays, and Rosebrook Southcoast Physician Services on Rosebrook Way in Wareham on Thursdays.
Patients can book their shots by signing up through their MyChart account or by visiting www.southcoast.org/covid-19-vaccine-scheduling.
The Covid-19 vaccine is free, and individuals do not need insurance or an ID to get the vaccine.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 4,610 coronavirus cases in Dartmouth and 55 virus-related deaths.