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COVID-19 update for April 10; 593 positive cases

For Immediate Release: 4/10/2020 6:10 pm

The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for April 10: 

  • There are now 593 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester

  • Since April 1, Worcester has seen an increase of 478 new cases (average of 53 new cases per day).

  • The Worcester Police Department has 5 positive cases with four members quarantined. 

  • The Worcester Fire Department has 6 positive cases. All six have been cleared to return to duty. 27 members are in self-quarantine.

  • All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 143 total COVID-positive in-patients and 51 total COVID-positive ICU patients today. To date, their facilities have had 24 total COVID-related deaths. A total of 94 of their employees have tested positive for the virus.

  • Homeless testing update: 90 tests have been conducted at the SMOC shelter - 20 of them came back positive (all were clients); 70 were negative. Those clients that tested positive will be transported to the shelter at Worcester Technical High School.

  • An outbreak of COVID-19 was reported today at Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Worcester. 91 residents and 10 staff were tested. A total of 46 residents tested positive (6 have been hospitalized) and 5 staff members tested positive. No deaths were reported and those positive residents still at the nursing home have reported only mild symptoms.

  • The City of Worcester continues to look for volunteers to staff our temporary homeless shelters at North High School, Saint John’s Church, and Ascension Church. To volunteer, please email volunteer@worcesterma.gov.

  • The City extends its thanks to those who have stepped forward to donate food to workers at the Emergency Operations Center: Senator Harriette Chandler; the Court Officers; College of the Holy Cross; the Rotary Club of Worcester; Prematech; Roy Funeral Home and the Webster Square Business Association. For those wishing to donate a meal to the EOC please email mayor@worcesterma.gov.

  • The City also extends its thanks to those who have donated to the washing of clothes at the temporary homeless shelters: Doug Cutler (Cutler Management); Allan Fletcher (Resident/ Developer); Dave Fields (Wormtown Brewery); Nick Chacharone (Nick Chacharone Properties); Jay Foley (Foley Engines).

  • The Worcester Together Fund, a partnership between the City of Worcester, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation and United Way of Central Massachusetts, continues to raise money for efforts dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Worcester Together is proud to announce three new donations totaling $125,00 and bringing the total amount raised to more than $4 million. To donate visit: worcesterma.gov/coronavirus or text “worcestercovid19” to 243725.

  • UMass Memorial Healthcare is looking to hire qualified medical professionals and students in medical fields for the field hospital at the DCU Center. Those interested can visit joinumassmemorial.com and complete an application.
  • Today the City Manager recognized another unsung hero within the City workforce, Nicole Valentine, Deputy Assistant City Manager. Nicole has been with the City for nine years, where she began working in the Division of Public Health in 2011. A graduate of Worcester State University, she was promoted to Deputy Assistant City Manager last year after serving as Chief of Staff in the City Manager’s Office for seven years. She also serves as the City Manager's liaison for public safety (WPD and WFD) and oversees the Quality of Life Team. During COVID-19, she has been an instrumental part of the team at the Emergency Operations Center, serving as the liaison between the City's Unified Command Team and the City Manager's Office.
  • Senior Center update: 3,007 seniors have been contacted to date; 190 outreach phone calls were made today; 1,001 meals were delivered today.

  • The City of Worcester COVID-19 information line can be reached at 508-799-1019. This service is available in multiple languages. Individuals can speak live with a nurse, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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