For Immediate Release: 2/11/2021 4:19 pm
The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update:
To date, there have been 19,871 overall confirmed positive cases in Worcester. That is an increase of 550 cases since the City’s last COVID update on Thursday, Feb. 4.
There were 75 new cases today.
While this marks an increase after 4 weeks of declining numbers, our models still show we are beyond our peak in terms of cases and trending downward. On Jan. 11, at the City’s peak during the Second Wave, the 7-day average was 196 cases. As of today, the 7-day average is 78.6
Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 2,412 (increase of 91); Holden: 1,204 (increase of 39); Grafton: 941 (increase of 30)
UMass Memorial Health Care and Saint Vincent Hospital have a combined total of 119 COVID-positive in-patients (decrease of 69) and 37 total COVID- positive ICU patients (decrease of 7). To date, the combined facilities have had 642 COVID-related deaths (increase of 20). A total of 1,720 employees have tested positive for the virus (increase of 27). All changes are from last week’s report.
There have been 392 deaths of Worcester residents, an increase of 10 since last week.
There are 20 positive in-patients at the DCU Field Hospital as of today.
As of today, there are 2 active COVID-19 cases among City Employees that are isolating and 1 in quarantine.
To date, the City has administered 4,567 vaccinations, including 3,414 at the Senior Center and 445 mobile vaccinations at congregate settings, including homeless shelters.
The City has begun administering second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and has vaccinated 568 seniors, including 328 from Worcester.
The City has administered first doses to 813 City Employees and second doses to 478.
Among First Responders, Police have received 340 first doses, and 234 second doses. Firefighters have received 311 first doses and 207 second doses.
The City will begin administering second doses of mobile vaccinations next week at congregate settings, including homeless shelters.
In addition to large-scale vaccination sites throughout the State, the City of Worcester also has a site at Worcester State University. Appointments can be made by visiting www.mass.gov. Additional options in Worcester include Big Y on Mayfield Street (www.bigy.com), Price Chopper stores on Pullman Road and Cambridge Street (www.pricechopper.com) and CVS at 481 Lincoln St. (www.cvs.com). These and other locations have a limited number of doses and appointments may be difficult to find. The City encourages residents to continue searching for appointments.
The State has launched a 211 call center for senior citizens 75 years old and up. In addition, the State is now allowing one companion accompanying a senior 75-plus to a mass vaccination site to also register for a vaccination. This can be done at www.mass.gov.
The UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Equity Task Force and the City of Worcester jointly sponsor free, walk-up COVID-19 testing. All testing is held indoors at Mercantile Center, 201 Commercial St. No appointments are necessary.
• Tuesday, Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more COVID-19 testing locations around the state, visit http://mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread.