Town Covid-19 cases down to just three this week

Jul 6, 2020

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to spike across the country, new Dartmouth cases are down to just three in the past week, according to data provided by the town’s Board of Health. 

This is down from 12 new cases the week before. The town has now seen 407 confirmed cases of the virus and no new Covid-related deaths as of July 2. 

During the peak of the outbreak in April, Dartmouth saw as many as 78 new cases in just one week.

“The success that Massachusetts communities have made in slowing the spread of the disease should not be hampered by a return to normal activity,” noted the Board of Health in a press release. “We must remain committed to fighting Covid-19 in order to keep our communities safe and healthy.”

The release went on to categorize different activities as “no-risk,” “low-risk,” and “high-risk,” encouraging residents to participate or host no- or low-risk activities like virtual events or socially distanced, outdoor gatherings of fewer than 10 people.

High-risk activities like indoor gatherings, close personal contact with those outside the household, and large outdoor gatherings are “strongly discouraged,” the release stated, and residents are reminded to wear face coverings and maintain good hygiene practices and six feet of distance from others wherever possible.

“While our communities reopen again, the pandemic continues, and you remain our community’s best defense against it,” the release finished.

Public Information Officer Det. Kyle Costa has also 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 109,974 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Massachusetts as of July 5, representing over 1.6 percent of the state’s 6.8 million people. Of those cases, 8,321 are in Bristol County. 8,183 people have died of the illness in the state.