EDITOR’S NOTE: The Light will continue to monitor and report on COVID-19, but will pause weekly updates, including new cases in New Bedford, percentage of those vaccinated and average daily cases.

The statistics collected since June 2021 will remain here but will not be updated moving forward.

— By The New Bedford Light

February 16, 2023

New COVID-19 cases in New Bedford, June 21, 2021-Feb. 8, 2023

Percentage of residents fully vaccinated

Average daily cases per 100,000 residents, Jan. 22-Feb. 4


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


Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

Collage of New Bedford people who died in COVID pandemic featured in 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. Please help build this community memorial by adding a tribute to your loved one.

Sign up for our free newsletter

Receive in-depth news stories and arts & culture coverage from around New Bedford in your inbox every weekday.

Support local news

Give today to keep The Light shining. As a nonprofit with no paywall we rely on reader donations to fund our high-quality reporting.

New Bedford Light is an IRS-determined 501(c)(3) Public Charity; all gifts are tax-deductible. Our EIN number is 86-2407296.

Thank you to our sponsors

Founding benefactors: Joan and Irwin Jacobs fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Mary and Jim Ottaway

Bank 5 logo.
Jardim & Marotta logo.
Sylvia Group logo.
Unger LeBlanc logo.

Learn more about our community of individual donors

For questions about donations, contact Chrystal Walsh, director of advancement, at cwalsh@newbedfordlight.org.

For questions about sponsoring The Light, contact Peter Andrews, director of business development and community engagement, at pandrews@newbedfordlight.org.