COVID-19 Updates

Vaccination levels in the region remain low and daily case rates remain high, as of November 2021. 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 ahead of the holiday season, when large family gatherings can lead to super-spreader events and clusters.

Regular local vaccine clinics include Mondays from 2 to 7 p.m. at Andrea McCoy Recreation Center, 181 Hillman St.; Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at former Fire Station 11, 754 Brock Ave; and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. at PAACA, 360 Coggeshall St. The PAACA clinic will not be offered on Friday, Nov. 26, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Several COVID-19 testing sites are available in New Bedford and can be found on the state’s Stop the Spread website: www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test

Find local pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines by entering your zip code at: www.vaxfinder.mass.gov

To schedule an in-home vaccination 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.

COVID-19: About the Virus

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 400 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.

Anyone experiencing symptoms listed below should contact their healthcare provider before seeking treatment in person.

COVID-19 news will continue to be updated, on this site and the Center for Disease Control’s website. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health website also includes information about the virus.

Prevention

The New Bedford Health Department recommends to following steps to prevent the spread of the virus, as well as other viruses:

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Wash your hands often, using soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.

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Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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Avoid contact with people who are sick.

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If you are feeling sick, stay home.

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Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve rather than into your hands.

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Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces frequently.

The CDC’s website has a page dedicated to protecting yourself and others from the spread of the virus.

Symptoms

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms including:

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Cough

fever

Fever

shortness of breath

Trouble breathing/shortness of breath

pneumonia

Pneumonia (fluid in the lungs) in severe cases

The CDC’s website has a page dedicated to COVID-19 symptoms.

Call ahead to a healthcare provider if you develop these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with an ongoing spread of the virus. Tell your healthcare provider about your recent travel and/or contact with those who may have been traveling over the past 2-14 days.

For Recent International Travelers to Areas of Concern:

If you traveled recently to areas of concern and have symptoms including fever, cough, or trouble breathing:

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Seek medical care right away. Call your healthcare provider first to tell them about your travel and symptoms.

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Avoid contact with others.

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Avoid further travel.

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Stay home, except to seek medical care.

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Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve rather than into your hands.

wash-hands

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve rather than into your hands.

COVID-19 News

Reopening New Bedford

Mask NB Free Mask Distribution

MaskNB, an initiative announced earlier this year by Mayor Jon Mitchell in partnership with the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation, announces additional mask distribution in July and August with more drive-through distribution events at the three New Bedford middle schools’ parking lots.

Distribution of free masks as part of MaskNB began in May and has continued with more than 52,000 masks provided to New Bedford residents.

Walk-up distribution events in several neighborhoods are also planned for neighborhood residents.

The ward-based distribution will continue by an organized drive-through system for cars, observing social distancing, in the New Bedford middle schools’ parking lots. Residents are asked to limit their mask requests to those in their household and/or any elderly or vulnerable neighbors.

Any resident who is unsure of the Ward in which they live may visit wheredoivotema.com and enter their address. This website provides polling location, and the first information noted is the Ward in which the resident lives. Residents do not need to be registered voters to use this online tool.

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MASKNB ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Free mask distribution continues with more ward-based drive-through events
  • ‘Pop-up’ neighborhood events also announced

Continuing Ward-Based Mask Distribution at City’s Middle Schools

Under the MaskNB distribution plan, interested residents in each of the City’s six Wards will have an opportunity to obtain free cloth face masks on the following assigned dates in these locations:

Wards 1 & 2 Saturday, July 18 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Normandin Middle School, 81 Felton Street (use Orleans Street entrance)
Wards 3 & 4 Saturday, August 1 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Keith Middle School, 225 Hathaway Boulevard
Wards 5 & 6 Saturday, August 8 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School, 119 Frederick Street

Neighborhood-level Walk-up Mask Distribution

Four neighborhood walk-up distribution events are planned in neighborhoods across New Bedford for residents of those neighborhoods only. These smaller distribution events will be held at pop-up tents and observe social distancing in public spaces across the city on the following assigned dates in these locations:

Wards 1 & 2 Saturday, July 18 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Normandin Middle School, 81 Felton Street (use Orleans Street entrance)
Wards 3 & 4 Saturday, August 1 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Keith Middle School, 225 Hathaway Boulevard
Wards 5 & 6 Saturday, August 8 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School, 119 Frederick Street

Additional dates may be announced based on available supplies.

Mayor Jon Mitchell announced the MaskNB initiative on May 14. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the wearing of cloth face coverings in public where social distancing is difficult to maintain; cloth face coverings are not a substitute for medical-grade masks, but provide 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 is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

City Offices & Facilities Status

Office/Facility Status
City Facilities Open
New Bedford Public Library Branches All branches open at regular hours
Senior Centers Buttonwood Park Senior Center re-opens Nov. 8
Buttonwood Park Zoo Open
New Bedford Regional Airport Open
New Bedford Public Schools Open

Payments

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.

Payment Method Details
Online Click here to pay bills online
By Phone Treasurer’s Office, 508-979-1430
By Mail 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
By Drop-Box 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:

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