After seeing case numbers rising over the past few weeks, both Dartmouth and Acushnet were elevated to high-risk by Massachusetts Health Officials which means that there are more than eight cases per 100,000 residents.
This comes as no surprise to Acushnet Police Chief Kevin Gallagher who had been expressing his frustrations over the past few months when it came to his requests for help from the state as far back as July. He felt the state had a lack of interest in helping and had made numerous requests for a COVID-19 testing van that fell on deaf ears and wasn’t answered for weeks.
About this recent news, Chief Gallagher said “It’s not a surprise. We saw this coming. [This is] a sobering update from the state last night. Now is the time to redouble your personal practices (masks, hand washing, and social distancing). Reminder, the Town is providing COVID testing free of charge on Saturday from 9:00am – 1:00pm at the parking lot between the schools.”
Acushnet has a total of 134 positive COVID-19 cases with 14 of those happening in the past 2 weeks. The Town of Acushnet has already been testing town officials and school teachers. New Bedford has a total of 2,764 positive test results and 139 in the past two weeks.
The Town of Dartmouth has 608 positive COVID-19 cases with 42 of them being in the past 2 weeks. As of the time of this article, Dartmouth officials have not responded to emails and phone messages. We’ll update the article if and when they do make a statement.
New Bedford has been listed as high-risk for a month now.