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COVID-19 Update for Aug. 13; 24,529 Cases

For Immediate Release: 8/13/2021 2:22 pm

The City of Worcester held a Press Briefing Friday, Aug. 13 at the Mercantile Center and released the following information:

• There are 24,529 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester.

• That is an increase of 197 cases from last week.

• There have now been week-over-week increases in the number of COVID-19 cases for five consecutive weeks

• Over the last seven days, the City has averaged 23.86 case per day, with more than 20 cases per day since July 31. This is up from the most recent low of 2.29 cases per day on June 24.

• Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 3,055 (+21 from last week); Grafton: 1,225 (+12 from last week)

              WORCESTER      +/-      SHREWSBURY      +/-      GRAFTON      +/-
Aug. 13     24,529           +197         3,055               +21        1,225             +12
Aug. 6       24,332           +167         3,034               +28        1,213             +10
July 30      24,165           +140         3,006               +19        1,203             +9
July 23      24,025           +82           2,987               +10        1,194             +4
July 16      23,943           +34           2,977               +5          1,190             +1
July 9        23,909           +22           2,972               +2          1,189             -1* (1 case transferred out)
July 2        23,887           +23            2,970               0           1,190              0
June 25     23,864           +17            2,970              +1          1,190            +2

• To date, there have been 433 deaths of Worcester residents from COVID

• The combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 27 total COVID-positive in-patients (-14 from last week) and 6 total COVID-positive ICU patients (-4 from last week). To date, their facilities have had a total of 759 COVID-related deaths (That is an increase of 4 from last week): 

             TOTAL POS    +/-   TOTAL COVID+ICU    +/-  TOTAL COVID-RELATED DEATHS +/-
Aug. 13         27         -14               6                  -4                   759                         +4
Aug. 6          41          +2               10                +3                   755                         +2
July 30         39          +17              7                 +1                   753                         +4
July 23         22          +5                6                 -2                    749                         +2
July 16         17          +6                8                 +3                   747                         +1
July 9           11          +1                5                 0                     746                         +1
July 2           10          +4                5                 +3                   745                         0

• Based on the data, the overwhelming majority of hospitalizations and deaths occurring now are among unvaccinated people. About 99 percent of all COVID deaths are among unvaccinated and 95 percent of all COVID hospitalizations are among unvaccinated patients

• In Worcester this week, of the 27 positive patients in the UMass and St. Vincent hospital systems, all but 8 were unvaccinated

• All 6 cases in the ICU were among unvaccinated patients

• Currently, of the vaccine-eligible population in Worcester (12 years and older), 72 percent have received at least one dose and 63 percent are fully vaccinated

AGE       %FIRST DOSE       %FULLY VAXXED
12-15           49                            35
16-19           48                            38
20-29           53                            45
30-49           74                            64
50-64           88                            79
65-74           98                            90
75+              94                            85

• To help incentivize our youth who have not yet been fully vaccinated, the Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester and Worcester-Earn-A-Bike, has launched Worcester’s Youth Vax Giveaway. If you are fully-vaccinated, a Worcester resident, and between 12-24 years old, you can enter to win some pretty great prizes, including a SE Bicycle, courtesy of Worcester Earn-A-Bike; an iPad Air, one of 3 43-inch, LED TVs; or one of 2 Nintendo Switches. Winners will be drawn each week, starting Sept. 23 and ending Oct. 14. Rules and an entry form are available at www.worcesterma.gov/worcesters-youth-vax-giveaway

• The City's Mobile Equity Vaccination Clinic continues to meet residents where they are. A total of 18,902 vaccination doses have been administered through those clinics to 11,875 individuals. Of those vaccinations, 8,794 first doses, 7,027 second doses and 3,081 single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered

• This week, from Aug. 6-11, the City administered 94 doses, an increase of 32 percent from last week

• A number of clinics are available each week, including a standing clinic at the Main Branch of the Worcester Public Library every Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Starting Aug. 21, Saturday clinics are being added at that location as well, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Below is a schedule of upcoming Mobile Equity Vaccination Clinics:

WEPA Game, Polar Park Friday 8/13 5:30-8:30PM
Worcester Public Library Block Party, 3 Salem Square Saturday 8/14 11:30-2:30PM
WEPA Game, Polar Park Saturday 8/14 3:30-6:30PM
Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St. Monday 8/16 3-6PM
CMHA Spree Day Event, Foley Stadium Tuesday 8/17 10AM-1:30PM
Roosevelt School, 1006 Grafton St. Tuesday 8/17 3-6PM
Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square Wednesday 8/18 11AM-7PM
Municipal Service Center, 801 Main St. Wednesday 8/18 3-6PM
WEPA Game, Polar Park Wednesday 8/18 6:30PM
Out To Lunch Festival/Farmers’ Market, Worcester Common Thursday 8/19 11AM-2PM
Heart of the Arts Festival, Worcester Common Friday 8/20 TBD
Worcester Interfaith Vaccine Clinic, Elm Park Friday 8/20 2-6PM
Great Brook Valley Clinic, 19 Tacoma St. (in collaboration with EMK) Saturday 8/21 10AM-1PM
Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square Saturday 8/21 11AM-5PM
Back to School Event, YMCA and Fuller Family Park Saturday 8/28 12-5PM
Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square Saturday 8/28 11AM-5PM
Candlelight Vigil of Memory and Hope, City Hall Plaza Tuesday 8/31 5-8PM

• Friday's press conference was held at the Mercantile Center, where UMass Memorial Health Care continues to offer free, walk-up testing. They have also restarted a vaccination program at that location. Clinics are held every Monday and Thursday. Starting Thursday, Aug. 19, hours will expand to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Clinics are held every Wednesday at the Main Branch of the Worxcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Starting Saturday, Aug. 21, clinics will also be held at the Library from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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