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COVID-19 Update for April 27; 1,806 Positive Cases

For Immediate Release: 4/27/2020 5:32 pm

The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for April 27:

  • There are 1,806 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester. This is an increase of 55 cases from Sunday, April 26.
  • Since April 1, Worcester has seen an increase of 1,691 new cases (average of 63 new cases per day).
  • Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 158; Holden: 40; Grafton: 48; Leicester: 75. (Millbury: 138 as of Friday, April 24)
  • There are 5 positive cases to date in the Worcester Police Department and 6 positive cases to date in the Worcester Fire Department. A total of 5 WPD officers are out (2 positive cases are quarantined; 3 other officers are self-quarantined). No Worcester firefighters are out.
  • All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 259 total COVID-positive in-patients and 98 total COVID-positive ICU patients today. To date, their facilities have had 91 total COVID-related deaths. A total of 155 of their employees have tested positive for the virus.

  • The homeless shelter at the DCU Center has 43 positive clients today. Eight cleints are now healthy and will be discharged today and brought to the SMOC MLK site, bringing the total at DCU down to 35. The DCU had 19 non-homeless medical patients today.

  • Beaumont Rehabilitation census: 73 positive patients are currently at the Beaumont facility (6 admissions today; 4 discharges today)

  • National Guard testing: The Massachusetts National Guard is doing COVID-19 testing of residents and staff today at the Worcester Health Center.

  • The Worcester Together Fund has raised more than $5 million in five weeks, distributing almost $850,000 in grants to area agencies and organizations. Among the ways you can contribute to the fund is through the FaceMask Challenge, which raised $1,000 in its first 24 hours. To donate to the fund, visit worcesterma.gov/coronavirus or text worcestercovid19 to 243725.

  • Senior update: Number of seniors contacted to date: 5,002; Number of outreach calls made today: 202; Number of meals delivered today: 928.

  • The City of Worcester COVID-19 information line can be reached at 508-799-1019. There is an option for individuals to speak live with a nurse, Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.

  • Today, the City Manager honored two more unsung heroes within the City workforce: Luis Castillo and Zach O’Neil. Luis works as a staff assistant in the Department of Energy & Asset Management. With EAM, he manages payroll, operations & maintenance purchase orders and invoices. Luis played a key role early in the City’s COVID-19 response, before the logistics center was set up. He helped identify and procure needed PPE supplies for the city’s response. Zach was hired in December as an Emergency Management staff assistant. His regular duties include plan development and public outreach. During COVID-19, division operations have shifted completely. Zach has been a team player the entire time, handling a variety of tasks. He currently serves as Logistics Section Chief for the EOC in response to this crisis. Both Luis and Zach are key members of the City team, and we appreciate their efforts each and every day, and particularly during this time of crisis when, like so many city employees, they have gone above and beyond.

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