Good news is tough to come by these days, so when we have a chance to bring it to you, we'll shout it from the rooftops.

According to Dr. Eliesel Lacerda De La Cruz, the Infectious Disease Chief at Southcoast Health, not only has Massachusetts seen a dramatic decrease in the number of COVID-19 new cases and hospitalizations, but the SouthCoast is also joining this trend.

For many weeks, we've seen Massachusetts cases dipping lower and lower, while the SouthCoast appeared to be stuck in a bit of a plateau. That is no longer the case, at least for now.

"We actually have the lowest number of cases that I can remember in a while," Dr. Lacerda De La Cruz said. "We had about 2,000 new cases in the whole state this week, which is a very low number compared to what we were seeing at the peak of our curve. For the SouthCoast it's the same, in Bristol County, we had about 300 new cases, which is the lowest number of new cases since April 12th."

Dr. Lacerda De La Cruz said that while it's great that we're seeing this dip, we are still early in the game as far as phasing back into our opening. He expects to see those numbers go up as the re-opening continues.

"It usually takes about two to three weeks for us to see the spike in cases, the transmission and the people showing up with the symptoms," he said. "We'll have to keep an eye on the situation as we open more and see what happens in the next couple of weeks."

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