New Bedford COVID-19 infections skyrocket, increasing by almost 3,000 cases in one week

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While the statistics at the national level indicate a slight decline in COVID-19 infections, that’s not the case on the SouthCoast. Cases were up from the previous week in New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven and Acushnet.

The Jan. 13 report from the DPH showed New Bedford having dramatic jump of 2,845 more cases than the previous week.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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For the second day in a row, the state's seven-day positivity rate dropped — and now sits at 20.34%, about 3% lower than what the rate was one week ago. On Dec. 13, the state's seven-day positivity rate was 5.38%.

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State health officials said 1,505 of the patients in Massachusetts hospitals are COVID-19 breakthrough cases, or 47% of all hospitalizations.

A breakthrough case is when an individual tests positive for COVID-19 after they've been fully vaccinated against the disease.

According to data from the MDPH as of Jan. 13, the following cities and towns have reported the difference in new positive COVID-19 cases since the Jan. 6 report:

  • Acushnet: 265 (compared to 164 the week before)

  • Dartmouth: 703 (compared to 646 the week before)

  • Fairhaven: 344 (compared to 243 the week before)

  • New Bedford: 2,845 (compared to 1,816 the week before)

Cases of COVID in Greater New Bedford schools

Here are the numbers from the Jan. 6 to Jan. 12, 2022 from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

New Bedford Public Schools: 457 students, 116 staff (300 students, 200 staff the week before)

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical: 93 students, 19 staff (110 students, 29 staff the week before)

Acushnet: 33 students, 9 staff (31 students, 15 staff the week before)

Dartmouth: 173 students, 24 staff (269 students, 44 staff the week before)

Fairhaven: 103 students, 14 staff (102 students, 22 staff the week before)

Vaccination rates

New Bedford vaccination rates as of Jan. 13 stands at 63,920 individuals partially vaccinated and 54,612 fully vaccinated out of the total 99,980 population.

Acushnet

  • Individuals with at least one dose: 70%

  • Fully vaccinated individuals: 64%

  • Boosted: 27%

Dartmouth

  • Individuals with at least one dose: 64%

  • Fully vaccinated individuals: 57%

  • Boosted: 26%

Fairhaven

  • Individuals with at least one dose: 75%

  • Fully vaccinated individuals: 67%

  • Boosted: 31%

New Bedford

  • Individuals with at least one dose: 64%

  • Fully vaccinated individuals: 55%

  • Boosted: 18%

Children ages 5-11 vaccination rates

New Bedford

  • Children with at least one dose: 17%

  • Fully vaccinated children: 11%

Acushnet

  • Children with at least one dose: 21%

  • Fully vaccinated children: 15%

Dartmouth

  • Children with at least one dose: 24%

  • Fully vaccinated children: 19%

Fairhaven

  • Children with at least one dose: 28%

  • Fully vaccinated children: 22%

Hospitalizations

According to state data as of Jan. 12, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford has a total of 64 confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations including ICU. The hospital has a total of 8 confirmed COVID-19 ICU Census. There were 60 confirmed cases and 8 ICU census in the Dec. 21 report.

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Local Vaccination Clinics

NOTE: All minors need parental consent, provided either in advance online, or in-person at the school or location where the Pfizer for ages 12+ are being offered.

Sunday, Jan. 16:

Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 17:

Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

Tuesday, Jan. 18:

Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 19:

Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seven Hills at PAACA (360 Coggeshall St.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 20:

Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 21:

Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

— With reports from WCVB-TV.

Standard-Times digital producer Linda Roy can be reached at lroy@s-t.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @LindaRoy_SCT. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Standard-Times.

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