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Six more COVID-19 cases reported in New Bedford, total up to 180

Mayor Jon Mitchell’s office reported six additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Bedford Friday afternoon, bringing the total positive cases in the city to 180, up from 174 yesterday. The total COVID-19 related deaths in New Bedford is now at eight. Mayor Mitchell reported one new COVID-19 related death on Thursday. No further information on the death is available.

Due to Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 20, there will be no residential trash and recycling collection on Monday, April 20 in New Bedford. Full details here.

Fall River officials reported an additional 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. According to Mayor Coogan, there are now 182 confirmed cases in Fall River with two more fatalities. Full details here.

On April 16, the Massachusetts Public Health Department reported that the state added 2,263 more positive cases of COVID-19 bringing to total to 32,181. This is an increase from Wednesday’s 1,755 reported cases.137 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported since yesterday, down from 151, bringing the total deaths in Massachusetts to 1,245. Full details here.




Massachusetts State Police transport personal protective equipment from New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard

“On Thursday the Massachusetts State Police Marine Unit transported a large volume of personal protective equipment to Martha’s Vineyard for distribution among first responders and public safety personnel across the island.

Troopers from the Marine Unit picked up the equipment from the state stockpile and trucked it to the New Bedford State Pier. From there, the equipment was loaded aboard an MSP vessel and transported to Menemsha for off-loading.


Marine Unit Trooper Steve Kamb loads the PPE supplies into the truck this morning, and then Marine Unit Trooper Randy Carlson met with Sgt. James Cruz and Trooper David Parent of State Police-Oak Bluffs to complete the mission. Massachusetts State Police photo.


Seen here, MSP Colonel Chris Mason, Superintendent of Department, and Lieutenant Colonel Scott Warmington, Deputy Superintendent, visited Marine 37 before it launched with the supplies. Trooper Brendan Roper of the Marine Unit is between them. Massachusetts State Police photo.

The MSP was happy to be of assistance on the water as part of the state’s ongoing comprehensive response to the public health emergency.”




New Bedford Symphony Orchestra offers FREE live-streams for those stuck at home

Live Stream Lineup:

• April 17, 7pm: Violin Duos from The Shire
• April 25, 7pm: Works for Solo Viola
• April 26, 4pm: Spirit through Isolation: violin, cello & piano
• May 1, 7pm: The Lightness of Spring: violin, viola & cello
• May 8, 7pm: When Oboe Met Viola
• May 10, 4pm: Mother’s Day Matinee: violin, cello, guitar, vibraphone
• May 17, 4pm: South Coast Chamber Music Series: piano, violin, viola, & cello

Stay tuned for more live-stream concerts and other online delights!

The NBSO would like to share with you this message from NBSO President and CEO Dave Prentiss:




New Bedford Fire Department conducting decontamination operation as strategy to stem the spread of COVID-19

“Early this morning members of the New Bedford Fire Department who are hazardous materials technicians conducted a decontamination operation with the goal of disinfecting every City-owned vehicle. They will repeat the exercises tomorrow morning as well.

The process is completed in about 15 minutes for each vehicle and is just one component of the Department and City’s strategy to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Members are operating Victory electrostatic guns using Hyperfect 256 which is used in to disinfect surgical suites between surgeries.

Additional backpacks and other decontamination equipment arrived this week allowing the Department to expand the operation. Prior to today, all public safety facilities and vehicles including police cruisers, fire apparatus, and ambulances were already being decontaminated on a rotating basis.

We would also like to thank the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and EMA Director Brian Nobrega for providing support, equipment, and personnel to support this operation.”

New Bedford Fire Department photos.




Massachusetts COVID-19 deaths 25% higher than California’s

Why does Massachusetts have 25% more COVID-19 related deaths than California, a state with nearly 6 times the population? California officials credit early social distancing with making a major difference. As of Wednesday, Massachusetts reached 1,108 COVID-19 related deaths compared to California’s 889. The statistics are similar to total cases, California has 27,250 confirmed COVID-19 cases compared to 32,181 in Massachusetts. California has 40 million people compared to 6.9 million in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Coronavirus Update

On April 16, the Massachusetts Public Health Department reported that the state added 2,263 more positive cases of COVID-19 bringing to total to 32,181. This is a increase from Wednesday’s 1,755 reported cases.137 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported since yesterday, down from 151, bringing the total deaths in Massachusetts to 1,245.

As of 4 pm today, 140,773 people in Massachusetts have been tested for COVID-19 – 8,750 in the past 24 hours compared to the previous day’s total of 5,472.

New Bedford Coronavirus Update

Mayor Jon Mitchell’s office reported one more COVID-19 related death and 11 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Bedford Thursday afternoon, bringing the total positive cases in the city to 174, up from 163 yesterday. The total COVID-19 related deaths in New Bedford is now at eight. Mayor Mitchell reported four new COVID-19 related death on Tuesday.

Fall River Coronavirus Update

Fall River reported an additional 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19. According to Mayor Coogan, there are now 182 confirmed cases in Fall River with two more fatalities. Full details here.

The Diocese of Fall River announced today that the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis requires it to close two Catholic schools at the end of this school year. Full details here.




Bristol County Sheriff Hodgson updates Prisoner Release Alert System

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the population in jails and prisons across the state must be reduced to protect prisoners from COVID-19. As a result, about 30 individuals in Bristol County correctional facilities had their bails reduced or extinguished and are now back out in the community instead of behind bars. Among the charges faced by these individuals are fentanyl trafficking, assault to rape, possession, and distribution of drugs, assault, larceny, armed and masked robbery and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

“I believe the people of Bristol County have a right to know the backgrounds of these people who are no longer behind bars because of this court ruling,” Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson wrote in his introduction to the Prisoner Release Alert System. “All of these crimes were committed in Bristol County.”

The BCSO will continue to update the Prisoner Release Alert System if more county inmates or federal ICE detainees are released due to court actions surrounding COVID-19. The graphic can be found on the BCSO website, www.bcso-ma.us.

Currently, no inmate or detainee in a Bristol County correctional facility has tested positive for COVID-19 as all six tests of symptomatic individuals have come back negative. Of the four staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, two have recovered and returned to work, and the other two are expected back soon.




11 more COVID-19 cases, one more death reported in New Bedford

Mayor Jon Mitchell’s office reported one more COVID-19 related death and 11 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Bedford Thursday afternoon, bringing the total positive cases in the city to 174, up from 163 yesterday. The total COVID-19 related deaths in New Bedford is now at eight. Mayor Mitchell reported four new COVID-19 related death on Tuesday.

Fall River reported an additional 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. According to Mayor Coogan’s Office, there are now 165 confirmed cases in Fall River. 66 cases have been cleared as of Wednesday, however, Fall River saw its first fatality from the virus. Full details here.

On April 15, the Massachusetts Public Health Department reported that the state added 1,755 more positive cases of COVID-19 bringing to total to 29,918. This is an increase from Tuesday’s 1,296 reported cases. 151 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported since yesterday, up from 113, bringing the total deaths in Massachusetts to 1,108. Full details here.




First Responders crisscross Boston in parade to show support and gratitude to nurses and doctors

“In a tribute designed to honor those lost during the Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013, first responders from all over the city made their way to Boston Police Headquarters to participate in a parade designed to salute those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

At about 7:00pm, on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, first responders from several agencies including Boston Police, Boston Fire, Boston EMS, Mass State Police, Transit Police, Brookline Police and Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, to name a few, gathered in front of Boston Police Headquarters for the start of a rolling rally, complete with flashing lights and loud sirens, that would roll by eight different hospitals in Boston in a determined effort to acknowledge the incredible working being done by nurses and doctors around the city in the ongoing battle against the spread of COVID-19.

Said one nurse, “It brought a tear to my eye. Everybody in my hospital and really hospitals everywhere are working around-the-clock under trying conditions to provide the best care we can. It hasn’t been easy. But, to see what seemed like a never-ending stream of police cars, fire trucks and ambulances passing by to say thank you meant the world to us.” The appreciation parade visited eight hospitals including: BMC, Tufts Medical, Mass General, St. Elizabeth’s, Children’s, Brigham and Women’s, Beth Israel Deaconess and the Carney Hospital in Dorchester. At each stop along the way, grateful nurses happily lined the streets and cheered enthusiastically as the appreciation parade passed by.

Hard to believe it’s been seven years since the attack on our marathon. But seven years later, we renew our promise to forever remember the lives of those lost on that sad, fateful today. So, on One Boston Day, April 15, 2020, we honor the lives of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell, Officer Sean Collier and Sergeant Dennis Simmonds by honoring those who continue to fight and care for all those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.”

Boston Police Department photos.




Vote-by-mail in Massachusetts emerging as latest pandemic legislative issue

Chris Lisinski
State House News Service

Two state lawmakers have unveiled a bill that would reshape the 2020 elections to permit voting by mail for all statewide races and implement significant other changes to voting procedures in Massachusetts in years to come.

The legislation (SD 2912 / HD 5026), filed by Sen. Becca Rausch and Rep. Adrian Madaro, would send every registered voter a ballot by mail with a prepaid return envelope for both the Sept. 1 primary election and the Nov. 3 general election. For the primary, enrolled voters would automatically receive their party’s ballot, while independent voters — who comprise a majority of the electorate — would need to request a specific party ballot at least 35 days before Sept. 1 and could do so online.

Secretary of State William Galvin had flagged concerns Monday with vote-by-mail as a concept because of uncertainty about how election officials would know which primary ballot to send, since that’s a choice made by voters.

“We’re facing a global pandemic that makes traditional in-person voting seriously concerning if not downright dangerous, so we must proactively pursue alternative voting methods,” Rausch said in a press release. Said Madaro: “Mail voting already works in Massachusetts; we process thousands of mail-in absentee ballots every election with no issue.”

Polling places would not be shut down under Rausch and Madaro’s bill, and voters could still cast ballots in person if they prefer. The legislation requires the state to provide poll workers with personal protective equipment if the coronavirus pandemic still poses a risk by late summer and in the fall.

Massachusetts would pay the costs of vote-by-mail and to maintain a digital central voter registry, partially using federal funds. The bill also would permanently declare the November Election Day as a legal holiday. Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem also filed an early voting by mail bill, although hers requires voters to proactively request ballots and does not include Election Day holiday language.




Massachusetts COVID-19 deaths jump 151, passing 1,000 total deaths

On April 15, the Massachusetts Public Health Department reported that the state added 1,755 more positive cases of COVID-19 bringing to total to 29,918. This is a increase from Tuesday’s 1,296 reported cases. 151 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported since yesterday, up from 113, bringing the total deaths in Massachusetts to 1,108.

As of 4 pm today, 132,023 people in Massachusetts have been tested for COVID-19 – 5,472 in the past 24 hours compared to the previous day’s total of 4,502.

Mayor Jon Mitchell’s office reported several additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Bedford Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total positive cases in the city to 163, up from 156 yesterday. Mayor Mitchell reported four new COVID-19 related death on Tuesday.

According to Mayor Coogan’s Office, there are now 165 confirmed cases in Fall River. 66 cases have been cleared as of Wednesday, however, Fall River has seen the first fatality from the virus.Full details here.

“The Town of Dartmouth continues to show evidence of widespread community transmission of COVID-19 along with Bristol County, Massachusetts, and the United States. Full details here.

A health care professional at the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office has tested positive for COVID-19. Full details here.

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