State covid numbers hold steady in towns
After a steady two weeks of covid news in the Tri-Town, state health data shows that Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester have all remained the same in their risk designations and relatively same in case counts.
Marion is still a high-risk community (more than 25 cases for a community with less than 10,000 people), with 50 new cases in the last two weeks, Mattapoisett has seen 22 new cases, and Rochester’s numbers remain low, with just 10 new cases.
Marion’s high case count is attributed to a recent outbreak of the virus at Sippican Healthcare Center.
In the Old Rochester Regional School District, 21 cases have been reported in schools since opening on Sept. 16.
In the last two weeks, Marion has far surpassed its neighbors to the west and north in testing rates, with 2019 tests administered. In Mattapoisett, 549 residents were tested and 427 were administered to residents.
In Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester, town halls are open to the public by appointment only.
Ahead of Thanksgiving, the state is recommending that people celebrate the holiday with those they live with and avoid travel. Full recommendations can be viewed here.