Latest COVID-19 numbers in New Bedford and Bristol County
Updated Oct. 21, 2021
There were 355 new COVID-19 cases reported in New Bedford during the week ending Wednesday, Oct. 20, up slightly from 318 new cases the week before.
During the same period, 50 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across five Bristol County hospitals, and 12 of them were in ICU beds.
The average daily incidence of COVID-19 in New Bedford rose slightly to 38.8 per 100,000 during the most recent 14-day reporting period from Oct. 3 to Oct. 16. Average incidence per 100,000 has now hovered below 40 for three weeks in a row since the previous peak of 47.2 in mid-September.
Of a total population of 99,980 in New Bedford, 49,289 are fully vaccinated. The city’s fully vaccinated population grew by 537 during the week ending Tuesday, Oct. 19, bringing the vaccination rate to 49%. New Bedford still lags behind the county and state vaccination rates.
New COVID-19 cases in New Bedford, Sep. 26-Oct. 21
Percentage of residents fully vaccinated
Average daily cases per 100,000 residents, Oct. 3-Oct. 16
Upcoming walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics in New Bedford.
Between Sept. 16-22, 61 New Bedford school students tested positive for COVID-19, the second-highest number in the state after the much larger city of Springfield.
Radio host Chris McCarthy, who is recovering from COVID, says he was directed to North Shore hospital because no ICU bed was available.
Both Southcoast Health and Greater New Bedford Community Health Center are now requiring employees to be immunized.
In the pandemic’s third wave, nurses in New Bedford are not just exhausted — they are frustrated by the low vaccination rate and the knowledge that serious illnesses and deaths are now preventable.
Dartmouth’s fully vaccinated rate of 49% is 16 points lower than the statewide rate of 65%. And the rates in Acushnet, Fairhaven and Freetown are not much better, coming in at 54%, 57% and 57% respectively, as of Aug. 10.
The sad and bitter truth is that because we have failed to get vaccinated in great enough numbers in the city, our school kids will probably spend at least part of another year with their faces covered while they learn.
Death certificates obtained by The New Bedford Light show the elderly and younger Black and Hispanic residents have borne the heaviest burden.
An analysis of New Bedford death certificates reveals a surprising cluster of deaths among elderly residents who worked for decades when the textile and apparel industry was at its peak.
Two local families are still coping with lingering ailments and uncertainty months after initial infections.
In the past year, some social clubs in New Bedford have closed their doors, perhaps even permanently. The Young Cape Verdean Athletic Association and the Elks Lodge have listed their properties for sale.
After suffering three strokes, a heart attack and double pneumonia, the WBSM host tells columnist Jack Spillane he does not know for sure whether he literally died.
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