NEW BEDFORD — New reported cases of COVID-19 in the city dropped from 151 to 122, the second lowest weekly total since the end of June.

The state Department of Public Health reported 99 new cases the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2, but aside from that unusually low number, new reported cases have averaged around 170 per week since September.

With the holiday season upon us, city officials are reminding residents to take advantage of New Bedford’s free, walk-in vaccine clinic and to stock up on free COVID-19 home test kits.

The mayor’s office is encouraging residents to obtain the free home test kits even if there is no immediate need. They are available at public libraries throughout New Bedford. Locations and hours of operation can be found on the city’s website.

Since December of last year, the city has distributed nearly 72,000 kits, including more than 12,000 at libraries. Each kit contains two tests. 

Not only are the vaccines free but the state is still offering a $75 gift card in communities, including New Bedford, where vaccine and booster rates are lowest (60% of New Bedford residents are fully vaccinated and 69% have at least one dose).

The free, walk-in vaccine clinic is on Monday, Nov. 28 between 3 and 7 p.m. at Fire Station 11, 754 Brock Ave.

— By The New Bedford Light

Nov. 25, 2022

New COVID-19 cases in New Bedford, June 21, 2021-Nov. 16, 2022

Percentage of residents fully vaccinated

Average daily cases per 100,000 residents, Nov. 6-19


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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