Town Covid cases break 300 with more than 30 deaths

May 26, 2020

As of May 22, Dartmouth has seen 306 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 31 Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the town’s Board of Health.

Nearly 47 percent of the cases are in congregate living facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and the Bristol County House of Correction.

But it’s not all bad news. The rate of new cases in town appears to be slowing, with just 31 cases added in the past week  down from 48 the week before.

Meanwhile the surge hospital at UMass Dartmouth will be closed this week, according to a spokesperson at Southcoast Health, who added that the hospital “thankfully” never had to be used.

Governor Charlie Baker announced on May 26 more field hospital closures as he said the surge “is behind us.”

“The progress that we've made has only been made possible by everyone's willingness to do their part,” he said.

Last week, Public Information Officer Kyle Costa said that the numbers are “consistent with what’s going on nationally.”

Costa noted, “This area in particular has done an amazing job staying on top of things...I think it’s a credit to everybody who’s listening to recommendations.”

He added 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 being 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 93,271 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Massachusetts as of May 25, with 6,681 in Bristol County. 6,416 people have died of the illness in the state.