Number of new Covid-19 cases down to single digits

Jun 20, 2020

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in town have reached the single digits again, as new Board of Health data released June 19 show just 7 new confirmed cases in the past week — the lowest number of new cases since the height of the surge earlier this spring.

The town has now seen 392 confirmed cases of the virus and 36 Covid-related deaths as of Friday. 

In the last week of April, Dartmouth saw as many as 78 new cases in just one week. The number of new cases remained in a range of 25-50 until last week, when it fell to 14.

The peak of the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts is over, according to Governor Charlie Baker. Baker announced on Friday that restaurants will be able to open for limited indoor dining starting on June 22.

Meanwhile, five more county inmates at the Bristol County House of Correction on Faunce Corner Road have tested positive in the past week, the tail end of an outbreak that saw 25 new cases in just nine days at its peak in mid-May.

Four of those inmates are currently being housed in medical isolation, according to the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. One was released at the conclusion of their sentence, although the person picking them up and the state and the town were notified before the person’s release.

The total number of county inmates to test positive for the virus now stands at 47. Of those, 30 have recovered and returned to general population while five have been released as their sentences were concluded, the Sheriff’s Office noted. Twelve, including the five new cases mentioned above, remain in medical isolation and are being closely monitored by the medical team.

No Bristol County staff members have tested positive for coronavirus since June 12. Four staff members remain away from the facility recovering from the illness, while 37 have returned to duty. One staff member, a health care professional from Correctional Psychiatric Services, left the BCSO after recovering to take a different position at a health care facility in Dartmouth.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, all those sick with Covid-19 are expected to make full recoveries over the coming weeks.

Public Information Officer Det. Kyle Costa noted that people should remain cautious and continue to follow state and CDC guidelines recommending regular hand washing, social distancing, and wearing a face covering in public.

“There could be an uptick, a second surge,” Costa said. “Being overly cautious is better than not being cautious enough. That’s the position that we’ve taken from day one and we’re gonna continue to do that until we beat this thing.”

There are 106,650 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Massachusetts as of June 19, representing a little over 1.5 percent of the population of 6.8 million. Of those cases, 8,002 are in Bristol County. 7,800 people have died of the illness in the state.