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COVID-19 Update for April 12; 686 Positive Cases

For Immediate Release: 4/12/2020 5:17 pm

The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for April 12:

  • There are 686 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester. This is an increase in 46 cases from Saturday, April 11. There are 86 positive cases in Shrewsbury; 28 in Holden; 30 in Grafton and 10 in Leicester.

  • Since April 1, Worcester has seen an increase of 571 new cases (average of 52 new cases per day).

  • The Worcester Police Department has 5 positive cases (4 of the positive members are in isolation), 1 has returned to duty. Four other officers are self-quarantined as a result of exposure to the positive cases. (No change in status from April 11.)

  • The Worcester Fire Department has 6 positive cases. All six have been cleared to return to duty; 22 members are in self-quarantine. (No change in status from April 11.)

  • All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 184 total COVID-positive in-patients and 62 total COVID-positive ICU patients today. To date, their facilities have had 27 total COVID-related deaths. A total of 97of their employees have tested positive for the virus.

  • Weather update: The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for Worcester, expected to occur between approximately 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, April 13. This is primarily a wind event with rain as a secondary hazard. Per MEMA’s morning report, wind gusts are expected to be between 60-65 mph in the Worcester area.

  • The following precautions are being taken: DPW is working with UMass and the DCU Center to mitigate the impact of wind and potential flood rain. There is a backup generator in place that restores power within 10 minutes of the power going out. Though there are no concerns about the shelter operations in relation to the storm at this time, contingency plans are in place for power and meal preparation. National Grid has addressed all priority sites for City and shelter operations to ensure quick power restoration if necessary.

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