NEW BEDFORD — Thirty-five fewer new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the city this week, the first decline in numbers since mid-June.

The state Department of Health announced 232 new cases in New Bedford between July 28-Aug. 3, good news to a city that saw numbers jump by 83 in a two-week span and has a lower-than-average vaccine rate.

While vaccines and boosters continue to be a source of contention here and throughout the country, Both Pfizer and Moderna report working on new bivalent boosters, meaning they are made up of both the current formula and the new one that targets the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub variants.

If the shots are given the OK by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, they could be available as early as September, the FDA says. However some experts wonder whether the new boosters will be too late to make a difference.

In New Bedford, 59% of people are fully vaccinated and 68% have received at least one dose. Statewide, those numbers are 80.6% fully vaccinated and 99% with at least one dose.

— By The New Bedford Light

Aug. 4, 2022

New COVID-19 cases in New Bedford, June 21, 2021-Aug. 3, 2022

Percentage of residents fully vaccinated

Average daily cases per 100,000 residents, July 17-30


COVID is changing, and it can still be a killer

Omicron and its sub-variants spread faster and infect more people. And while omicron may present milder cases for the young and middle-aged, that’s not the case for elderly residents and those with chronic health conditions, experts say.

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


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