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City of New Bedford to offer temporary drive-up, no-appointment-necessary COVID-19 testing

Move will increase local testing capacity as regional, state-run site converts to appointment-only; City testing site at airport limited to New Bedford residents   New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford will offer – for a limited time – drive-up COVID-19 testing for New Bedford residents at the New […]

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City of New Bedford to distribute federal funding toward food security, internet access, and education

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford will distribute $850,000 in federal funding dedicated toward COVID-19 under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to benefit food security, remote learning, and internet access during the pandemic. To support food security in New Bedford, the largest allocation of funds, $450,000, […]

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City and Police Department will adopt recommendations of Commission on Police Use of Force Policies

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell today announced that the City and New Bedford Police Department will implement the recommendations of the Commission on the New Bedford Police Department’s Use of Force Policies, consistent with state law and the NBPD’s collective bargaining agreement. The members of the Commission were drawn […]

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New Bedford first responders receive first round of COVID-19 vaccine

New Bedford, Massachusetts– First responders in New Bedford received the first dose of Moderna’s vaccine for COVID-19 Monday morning. A vaccine clinic at the New Bedford Health Department was scheduled to vaccinate at least 40 first responders today, including the staff of New Bedford EMS, the New Bedford Police Department, […]

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Temporary drive-up COVID-19 testing for New Bedford residents reopens at airport on Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s temporary drive-up COVID-19  testing site for New Bedford residents at the New Bedford Regional Airport reopens on Saturday, December 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tests are free and no appointment is required. Testing is expected to run daily for 5-10 […]

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Mayor Mitchell announces reopening of regional surge care center for COVID-19

Acushnet Avenue facility will be utilized, with anticipated opening date of January 18 New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell today announced the reopening of a Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Care Center in New Bedford for those recovering from COVID-19. The former nursing home facility, located at 4586 Acushnet Avenue, is slated […]

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Tuesday, December 22 is final day for COVID-19 testing at airport

State’s Stop the Spread testing sites at Whale’s Tooth, former Fire Station 11 will continue New Bedford, Massachusetts– The temporary overflow COVID-19 testing site at New Bedford Regional Airport will hold its last day of free, drive-up testing on Tuesday, December 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Only city residents […]

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New Bedford launches NB Resilient, city’s climate action and resilience plan

New Bedford, Massachusetts– With the start of 2021, Mayor Jon Mitchell and the City of New Bedford have formally launched NB Resilient, the City’s strategic climate action plan aimed at climate adaptation and mitigation. The plan sets ambitious but achievable goals to help New Bedford achieve its vision – “a […]

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FY 2021 Property Values

  The City of New Bedford has completed the state-required five-year revaluation of all real and personal property located within the bounds of the City. The FY2021 values were the result of sales activity during the calendar year 2019 and show ownership as of January 1, 2020. As part of […]

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NBEDC announces New Bedford SourceLink network and resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses

New Bedford, Massachusetts–Mayor Jon Mitchell and the New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC) announce the launch of New Bedford SourceLink, a supportive platform that connects maritime, arts and culture, and main street entrepreneurs to a network of local, regional, and national resource partners to foster innovation, growth, and prosperity. Beginning […]

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New Bedford Health Department orders The Bar on Dartmouth Street closed due to repeated COVID-19 violations

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department has issued a cease and desist order to The Bar at 266 Dartmouth Street for its third violation of the state’s regulations to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19. The Bar has been fined $2,900 and is ordered closed effective immediately, […]

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New Bedford will implement state COVID-19 guidelines at houses of worship

New Bedford, Massachusetts– New Bedford will implement the statewide COVID-19 guidelines for houses of worship in the city, the Health Department announced to faith leaders this week. New Bedford had implemented an additional cap, 40% or 100 people, whichever was lower, in the spring. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court […]

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