Slight uptick in cases
Dartmouth once again remains in the “yellow” risk category this week, as the town’s Board of Health reported 58 new cases of Covid-19 — up from 43 the previous week.
According to state data, Dartmouth had a 14-day average daily incidence rate of 18.7 per 100,000 people and a 2.61% positivity rate in the two weeks ending April 29.
The town has been classified “yellow” since Feb. 18. To revert to “green,” Dartmouth must have a daily incidence rate fewer than 10 per 100,000 people.
The state also reports two positive student cases in Dartmouth’s public schools in the past two weeks. Meanwhile, UMass Dartmouth reported 14 new cases — 1.53% of the 913 who tested.
At the Bristol County House of Correction, the state reports zero new cases among inmates and staff.
So far, 244 inmates and 204 staff have gotten their first vaccination doses as of April 15 — meanwhile, 670 inmates and 355 staff have refused to get their shots.
Everyone over the age of 16 who lives, works or studies in Massachusetts is now eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
According to the state data, 44% percent of residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That amounts to just 16,391 people.
Vaccinations continue at the clinic being operated by Southcoast Health at the VF Outlet, though the vaccine supply is dependent on the state and could vary from week to week.
Those interested in getting vaccinated at the VF Outlet can now sign up as slots are available either through their MyChart account or at www.southcoast.org/covid-19-vaccine-scheduling, which does not require a MyChart account.
Southcoast Health is also offering walk-in vaccines without appointments at various locations this week, with more walk-in clinics to come.
Residents can also book appointments at the North Dartmouth Walmart by visiting www.walmart.com/covidvaccine.
Those eligible for the vaccine can find appointments at other providers around the state using the state’s website vaxfinder.mass.gov/.
As of April 30, Massachusetts has an estimated 43,106 active Covid-19 cases, with 17,259 coronavirus-related deaths reported since the pandemic began.
There have been 645,867 total confirmed cases in the commonwealth thus far. Meanwhile, 2,436,087 people in Massachusetts have been fully vaccinated.