An update on COVID-19 in New Bedford

COVID-19 and its highly contagious variant Omicrom continue to spread anxiety and illness in New Bedford.

The New Bedford Community Health Center in downtown continues to offer both vaccinations and testing to combat the virus, and although CEO Cheryl Bartlett suspects conditions will improve in the weeks and the coming months, the number of cases currently continues to increase.

Cheryl Bartlett was a guest this week on Sunday town square. As the former commissioner of public health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she knows what a pandemic looks like.

We are all tired of the whole COVID experience: sickness, quarantines, masks, regulations, what masks to wear, anxiety, government misinformation, remote learning, and concern for our children’s safety. Bartlett said the situation could improve in a few weeks or months. It’s also possible, she said, that the pandemic is causing an endemic, something we have to deal with every year.

Bartlett’s message is similar to other public health officials we spoke with: Get vaccinated. If you feel sick, stay home. Have it tested. If you test positive, isolate yourself.

Bartlett and the New Bedford Community Health Center are part of a partnership with the City of New Bedford to raise awareness of the importance of vaccinations and boosters.

She said getting vaccinated was the best way to fend off the virus in New Bedford. Bartlett’s town square sunday listen to the interview here.

town square sunday is a weekly public affairs program heard every Sunday morning on 1420 WBSM. The program includes interviews with individuals and leaders of organizations working to make Greater New Bedford a better place to live and work.

If you would like your organization to be listed on Sunday town square, please email the host at [email protected]

Answers to 25 common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccinations against COVID-19 began being administered in the United States on December 14, 2020. The rapid rollout came just over a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from practical – how will I get vaccinated? – to science – how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to find answers to 25 common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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