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

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