COVID-19

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



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COVID-19 cases rising in New Bedford and across the state

“Public health data reveal that positive cases in Massachusetts communities and in our schools have been climbing over recent weeks, fueled by Omicron variant BA.2 and the subvariant BA.2 12.1.” — Mass. Medical Society President Dr. Carole Allen

New Bedford schools to make face masks optional as of March 7

“Over the last few days, I have received consistent overwhelming feedback from parents, some students, and staff suggesting that we also lift the mask mandate.” — Superintendent of Schools Thomas Anderson.

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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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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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