Covid numbers highest yet in Tri-Town

Jan 3, 2022

Tri-Town reported its highest number of covid cases ever during the week leading up to Dec. 23, according to state covid data.

Among the towns, Marion had 32 new cases, Mattapoisett had 59 and Rochester had 50. In total, the Tri-Town had 141 new cases, 41 more than the previous week’s total of 100 cases.

Over the last four weeks, the Tri-Town has averaged more than 106 new cases per week.

In ORR Schools, new cases matched the highest number of cases of this school year with 49 new cases. 

Of the 49 new cases detected in schools, two came from Center School, two from Old Hammondtown, 11 from Rochester Memorial School, 13 from Sippican School, two from OR Junior High, and 19 from OR High School.

That represents the highest weekly total for OR High School for this school year. 

State covid data is usually released every Thursday evening and ORR covid data is released every Friday evening.

Local public health experts continue to encourage people to get the vaccine as soon as possible — and the state is now offering in-home vaccinations for those unable to get to a vaccination site.

People aged 5 or older who live, work or study in Massachusetts are eligible to be vaccinated against covid-19. Those over the age of 18 can sign up to receive any vaccine, but those ages 5 to 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.

Those eligible for the vaccine can find appointments at providers around the state using the state’s website

In-home vaccinations can be scheduled by calling 833-983-0485, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. English and Spanish speaking staff are on hand, and have access to translators for over 100 languages. In-home vaccinations are performed by medical professionals following public health guidelines and tailored to the needs of the patient.

In-home vaccinations are performed using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, except for those ages 12 to 17, who would be offered the Pfizer vaccine. Scheduling is based on location, rather than on a first-come, first-served basis.

The state has also set up a call center for those who are unable to access the vaccine appointment website or who have trouble navigating the complex online system.

From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, people can call 211 and navigate to the vaccine help line by pressing one when prompted. The call center has workers on staff who speak English and Spanish, and there are translators available to support residents in about 100 additional languages.