Brockton hits positive COVID-19 milestone while DPH set to scale back reporting

BROCKTON, Mass. — It’s front-line nurses like Maria Chiaramonte that have helped Brockton battle back. She’s been part of the team that has administered a mind-blowing number of COVID-19 tests.

“Definitely thousands,” Chiaramonte said.

Rounds and rounds of vaccines given out; an effort Rocky Marciano himself would be proud of. Finally, after 15 months, it’s a day many in the city of champions have been waiting for.

>>>MORE: DPH reports 1 new death, 93 new confirmed cases Wednesday

“We were in the red for months at a time,” said Jessica Prince, the director of Nursing at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center.

“Last week we had our first week and did not have any positive cases come through, we are very excited about that,” Prince said.

Brockton was one of the hardest-hit communities during the pandemic.

“April 2020, we had a 50% positivity rate,” Prince said.

To be at zero cases is a testament to its residents’ fighting spirit.

“I credit this community for stepping up to the challenge, doing what is right, getting their testing, getting their vaccines,” Chiaramonte said.

Staying dedicated, even knowing the final bell of the match may never ring.

“We do have to stay vigilant with these variants that are coming, and we do need to get individuals vaccinations who are not vaccinated,” Prince said.

>>>RELATED: State making series of changes to COVID-19 reporting

The milestone comes as the state is changing the way it reports COVID-19 data. Here is the latest from the Department of Public Health:

“Even before there was a coronavirus state of emergency, there was a daily Department of Public Health coronavirus data report or dashboard. Now, with the state of emergency weeks in the past and COVID-19 metrics at record low levels, DPH plans to stop publishing new data seven days a week.

“The daily interactive dashboard that tallies cases, deaths, hospitalizations and more, and the daily vaccination report that DPH publishes will be published only Monday through Friday beginning July 1, DPH announced Wednesday. Weekend data will be included in each Monday report.”

DPH said the change is being made “to reflect the improving trends in COVID-19 activity in the commonwealth.”

As of Thursday, DPH is also getting rid of the green, yellow and red color-coding system it used to denote the relative risk of COVID-19 transmission in cities and towns, though it will continue to report municipal-level data weekly. Higher education metrics will be updated weekly instead of daily and most sections of the interactive dashboard will display the last four weeks of information with complete data available in archives.

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