February 27, 2021

Rehoboth Intensifies Fight Against Covid

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The Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday to increase the hours of Town Nurse Jessica Potter from 19.5 hours to 40 hours a week in an effort to reduce the number of Covid-19 infections in town. Potter said there are 448 residents in isolation and 573 confirmed or probable cases of Covid-19. “My experience so far with the pandemic has been overwhelming and wide-reaching,” Potter said, noting officials needed to be more aggressive in their efforts to battle the high rate of infections. Rehoboth’s daily positivity rate was 13.64 percent as of January 14.

Selectman Gerry Schwall pledged to use CARES funding to allow Potter to open a vaccination clinic. “I do believe there will be more money forthcoming to handle vaccinations,” Schwall said. “In February you will see Congress starting to talk about another CARES package. In the interim we do have money and there’s no reason we can’t move forward with our own plan.” “We’ll try to give you whatever we can,” Selectman Michael Costello told Potter.

 The state is in the second to last stage of Phase one and will enter Phase two sometime in February. Anyone with two or more comorbidities and anyone over the age of 75 will be vaccinated. Potter said despite the vaccinations, residents need to remain vigilant, maintain social distancing, and wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus.  “It won’t get any better any time soon,” she added.

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