NEW BEDFORD — The number of COVID-19 cases more than doubled in the city during the past week, with the state Department of Public Health reporting 3,343 new cases in New Bedford from Jan. 6-12, compared to 1,424 new cases from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.

City officials announced a new schedule of walk-in vaccination clinics around the city and urged residents to get vaccinated and boosted to protect themselves and others, as the omicron variant drives higher infection rates. Officials noted the importance of getting vaccinated in the winter months when temperatures are cold and indoor gatherings can become super-spreader events.

New Bedford public health officials also listed a new schedule of COVID-19 testing clinics.

Health officials noted that the city’s rate of fully vaccinated individuals still lags behind both Bristol County and the state. Roughly 55% of New Bedford’s residents are fully vaccinated, with 64% having received at least one dose. Bristol County’s fully vaccinated rate is 62%, with 70 percent of people having at least one dose. Statewide, 75% of residents are fully vaccinated and 92% have received at least one dose.

January 13, 2022

New COVID-19 cases in New Bedford, June 21, 2021-Jan. 12, 2022

Percentage of residents fully vaccinated

Average daily cases per 100,000 residents, Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 8, 2022


New Bedford COVID testing on holiday: airport open, South End fire station closed

NEW BEDFORD — Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing at New Bedford Regional Airport will be open during Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17, but the walk-up clinic provided by Seven Hills Behavioral Health at former Fire Station 11 in the South End will be closed for the holiday. COVID-19 testing at the…

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New Bedford School Department.

Omicron taking toll on New Bedford schools

All games and athletic practices through the week have been paused, following a rise in COVID-19 cases among several athletic teams. Officials will reevaluate the situation over the weekend to decide if athletic activity can resume.


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