Town sees large increase in Covid-19 cases this week

Apr 28, 2020

Dartmouth now has 161 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to an April 27 press release from the town’s Board of Health.

Public information officer Kyle Costa stated that there have been seven virus-related deaths in town, six of which were those in congregate living facilities such as nursing homes.

The number of confirmed cases represents an increase of 60 from last week, or a growth rate of 59 percent — four percent higher than last week’s growth rate of 55 percent.

According to the press release, around half of the cases come from congregate living facilities.

Of these, Bliss Corner nursing home Brandon Woods has seen an outbreak of more than 40 cases in the past few weeks.

The Board of Health noted that “the rate of Covid-19 transmission outside of congregate living facilities in the Town of Dartmouth has remained manageable” due largely to physical distancing measures and business closures, calling it an “important example of the positive effect that your actions have on our community.”

The press release finished by reminding residents to stay at home whenever possible and to use physical distancing and cloth face covering measures when out in public.

“Your actions remain vital in our fight against Covid-19,” the board concluded in the release.

Costa stressed that social distancing measures are working to flatten the curve and prevent more deaths from the virus.

“We will get through this,” he said. 

As of April 27, there are 56,462 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Massachusetts, with 3,068 in Bristol County. There have been 3,003 virus-related deaths in the state. 

This article has been updated to include the number of virus-related deaths in town.