COVID-19 Updates

With millions of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported across the United States and fatalities reaching above 300,000, it is more important than ever to practice prevention measures to control the spread of the virus. On this page you will find up-to-date information on the disease, data tracking its spread, how to prevent it, and steps to take if you think you’ve been exposed.

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Tracking COVID-19 in New Bedford

COVID-19: About the Virus

Recently, a new coronavirus, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – first detected in China – began spreading to other parts of the world. This coronavirus causes a disease called COVID-19, which can lead to fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

There are now hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases internationally and over 100,000 cases confirmed in the U.S., including confirmed cases of the virus in Massachusetts.

Anyone experiencing symptoms listed below, or has been in contact with someone who has traveled to these areas, should contact their healthcare provider before seeking treatment in person.

This situation will continue to be updated, including 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.

stay-home

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:

cough

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:

seek medical care

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

social-distance

Avoid contact with others.

avoid travel

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

Latest Updates

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and First Lady Dr. Ann Patridge present a public service announcement regarding the use of face masks during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Emergency and Executive Orders

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 Offices of the Treasurer, City Clerk, Election Commission, Licensing, Veterans Services and Health Department open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Beginning August 10) 

All other city facilities are closed to public access

New Bedford Public Library Branches Curbside pickup begins June 1. The Lawler and Wilks branches will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Senior Centers Closed
Buttonwood Park Zoo Opens May 30 to members and June 3 to the general public with state guidelines
New Bedford Regional Airport Open with limited public access
New Bedford Public Schools Closed

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: