In Depth: COVID-19

The New Bedford Light examines the pandemic’s toll on the city


St. Luke’s ICU nurse: ‘They don’t have to die’

In the pandemic’s third wave, nurses in New Bedford are not just exhausted — they are  frustrated by the low vaccination rate and the knowledge that serious illnesses and deaths are now preventable.

New Bedford suburbs lag far behind the state in vaccinations

Dartmouth’s fully vaccinated rate of 49% is 16 points lower than the statewide rate of 65%. And the rates in Acushnet, Fairhaven and Freetown are not much better, coming in at 54%, 57% and 57% respectively, as of Aug. 10.

Time for truth about New Bedford, vaccines and COVID-19

The sad and bitter truth is that because we have failed to get vaccinated in great enough numbers in the city, our school kids will probably spend at least part of another year with their faces covered while they learn.

COVID-19 cases surging in New Bedford

New daily COVID-19 cases in New Bedford spiked from single numbers during the final week of June to an average of 38 last week. On Aug. 4, the city recorded an alarming 61 new COVID-19 cases.

New Bedford COVID-19 cluster surges to 45

Among the 39 people who attended the July 10 event and tested positive, only 5 were vaccinated. Six others, who later came in close contact with 39 partiers, also tested positive.


A VIRTUAL MEMORIAL

We remember you.

As the city emerges from the long siege of COVID-19, we pause to take stock of what – and whom – we’ve lost. The virus claimed more than 400 people in New Bedford. Here, we pay tribute to their lives. Please help build this community memorial by adding a tribute to your loved one.

June 4, 2021
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A COVID cluster: Retired mill workers

An analysis of New Bedford death certificates reveals a surprising cluster of deaths among elderly residents who worked for decades when the textile and apparel industry was at its peak.




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Deaths by date and location.


Essay: Remembering Kevin, Megan and Hank

Kevin Harrington and Megan Tench died alone and unexpectedly. Hank Seaman spent months of his last year in isolation from his friends and loved ones.


Life tributes to those who’ve died in the pandemic

PAUL A. BABINEAU, 76, FAMILY MAN AND COAST GUARD VET

Paul Babineau was hoping to meet his newborn granddaughter, but he never got that chance. He died of COVID-19 on Oct. 30, 2020, just days after being admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital.

POLICE SGT. MIKE CASSIDY, 52, HERO AND ‘GOOD GUY’

After graduating from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, Michael P. Cassidy enlisted in the Marines and fought in Operation Desert Storm. He died on April 28, 2021, after a long battle with COVID-19.

VIRGILIO DUARTE, 86, LOVED SOCCER, FARMING AND FISHING

In September of 2020, both Virgilio and his wife, Maria, contracted COVID-19 from a friend. Maria survived, but Virgilio succumbed to the virus after a week-and-a-half at St. Luke’s Hospital.

JOSEPH R. ROSE JR., 57, EASY-GOING SOUL, DESPITE HARD LIFE

He was diagnosed with COVID-19 at St. Luke’s Hospital, but his body rejected medical treatments and began to shut down. He was placed on life support on June 1, 2020, and died about two weeks later.

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