Getting tested and vaccinated for COVID-19 is not only about protecting yourself - it's also about protecting your family, friends, and community. Vaccination is critically important during the winter months, when indoor gatherings can lead to clusters of COVID-19 cases.
Testing is recommended if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 or 5 days following a known close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Several options for COVID-19 testing are available in southeastern Massachusetts: www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test
Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available at all New Bedford public library branches, while supplies last. Locations and hours: Library Location/Hours
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available to nearly all Massachusetts residents for little or no cost. Everyone 6 months and older should get an updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine.
The New Bedford Health Department offers the vaccine to qualifying individuals without insurance through the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Bridge Access Program. To schedule an on-site or in-home appointment with the New Bedford Health Department, call the department's main line, 508-991-6199, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Individuals can find local pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines by entering their zip code at: vaccines.gov
Homebound individuals can request an in-home vaccine appointment through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: MDPH CV-19 In-Home Vaccination Program
Find information regarding COVID-19 transmission in Massachusetts: MA Respiratory Illness Reporting
Vaccinations & Resources
For Businesses & Residents
- ARCHIVE:* Frequently asked questions about the Southeastern MA Regional Care Centers, located in former nursing homes
- ARCHIVE:* New Bedford Economic Development Center COVID-19 Resources & Information
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COVID-19: About the Virus
ARCHIVE:* Late in 2019, a new coronavirus began spreading around the world. This coronavirus causes a disease called COVID-19, which can cause fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
In less than two years, the world has seen more than 240 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 4.9 million deaths. The U.S. has seen more than 45 million cases, including more than 734,000 deaths.
New Bedford has seen more than 18,000 cases since the pandemic began, and tragically, lost more than 500 of our citizens, neighbors, family members, and friends. The City urges anyone who is not yet vaccinated to get a shot at a local clinic, and help save lives and protect our communities.
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archive:* COVID-19 News
archive:* Emergency and Executive Orders
- Executive Order Concerning Masks In Public Buildings_August 13 2021
- Declaration of State of Emergency for New Bedford
- Emergency Order Regarding Personal Care Services
- Emergency Order Regarding Wellness Checks, Quarantines and Isolation for Persons Over the Age of 60 Living in Long Term Care, Senior Living or Nursing Home
- Emergency Order Concerning Surgical Masks and Cloth Face Coverings
- Emergency Order to Prevent the Spread of COVID in industrial facilities
- Emergency Order Reporting COVID-19 in the Workplace
- Emergency Order Concerning Lodging Houses
- Executive Order Concerning Masks in Municipal Buildings May 28 2021
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archive: Reopening New Bedford in 2020
archive: Mask NB, Free Mask Distribution program launched in 2020
MaskNB was an initiative announced by Mayor Jon Mitchell in May 2020, in partnership with the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation. Additional mask distribution followed in July and August 2020, with drive-through distribution events at the three New Bedford middle schools.
Distribution of free masks as part of MaskNB began in May 2020 and within weeks provided more than 52,000 masks to New Bedford residents.
Walk-up distribution events in several neighborhoods were planned, along with ward-based distribution by an organized drive-through system for cars, observing social distancing, at the New Bedford middle schools. Residents were asked to limit their mask requests to those in their household and/or any elderly or vulnerable neighbors.
Mayor Jon Mitchell announced the MaskNB initiative on May 14, 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the wearing of cloth face coverings in public where social distancing is difficult to maintain; cloth face coverings were not a substitute for medical-grade masks, but provided more protection against the spread of viruses than not covering one’s face. More information about the use and effectiveness of cloth face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was shared via: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
City Offices & Facilities Status
|New Bedford Public Library Branches
|All branches open at regular hours
|Buttonwood Park Zoo
|New Bedford Regional Airport
|New Bedford Public Schools
City residents are encouraged to pay any bills online, by phone, by mail, or a drop-box location. Anyone with questions about paying bills remotely should contact the Treasurer’s Office at 508-979-1430.
|Click here to pay bills online
|Treasurer’s Office, 508-979-1430
|Residents can use the mailing address printed on their bills or mail their bills to:
City Hall – Treasurer’s Office
133 William Street, Room 103
New Bedford, MA 02740
|Residents can also drop off payments without person-to-person interaction by using one of the city’s drop-boxes. These white drop boxes are located at:
Tracking COVID-19 in New Bedford
The New Bedford Health Department is no longer updating COVID-19 data on a monthly basis, in alignment with the national end of the federal public health emergency in May 2023. For updates on COVID-19 in Massachusetts, visit the MDPH COVID-19 Interactive Data Dashboard.
Data for local monthly reports during the pandemic was obtained from Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network (MAVEN), Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) and CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Summary.