Tri-Town stays ‘gray’
Despite an increase in new covid cases in all three towns, Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester all remained “gray” in the state’s color-coded covid risk system, according to March 18 data.
In the risk designation system, less than or equal to 10 active covid cases designates a community as gray, between 10 an 15 cases puts a community in green, less than or equal to 25 cases marks a town as yellow, and communities with more than 25 cases are designated as red.
The state doesn’t provide the raw active case data used to determine risk designation in its weekly reports, but it does provide data for new cases identified in each town in the commonwealth.
New cases rose to six in Marion, after the town saw two weeks straight with no new cases of covid.
In Mattapoisett, cases rose to six, after recording two in March 11 state data.
Rochester recorded three new cases this week. Last week, the town recorded just one new case.
The Old Rochester Regional School District has eight active cases among its students, faculty and staff, according to the district’s covid dashboard.
Four of the cases are in individuals related to Sippican School, two are from Old Hammondtown School, and one each are from Center School and ORRHS. There are an additional 18 people related to the district in quarantine.
State covid data is released every Thursday.