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For Immediate Release: 1/7/2021 4:52 pm

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

To date, there have been 15,910 overall confirmed positive cases in Worcester. That is an increase of 1,376 cases since the City’s last COVID update on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

There were 257 new cases today.

Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 1,796 (increase of 262); Holden: 860 (increase of 131); Grafton: 621 (increase of 57); Leicester: 638 (increase of 62).

UMass Memorial Health Care and Saint Vincent Hospital, as of Thursday, Dec. 24, have a combined total of 268 COVID-positive in-patients (decrease of 8) and 59 total COVID- positive ICU patients (decrease of 8). To date, the combined facilities have had 509 COVID-related deaths (increase of 40). A total of 1,449 employees have tested positive for the virus (increase of 164). All changes are from last week’s report.

There have been 342 deaths of Worcester residents, an increase of 13 since last week.

There were 54 positive in-patients at the DCU Field Hospital as of today. Since reopening on Dec. 6, the Field Hospital has served 294 patients.

As of today, there are 21 active COVID-19 cases among City Employees that are isolating in 24 in quarantine.

19-under: 2,141 (14%)
20-29: 2,834 (18%)
30-39: 2,691 (17%)
40-49: 2,281 (15%)
50-59: 2,269 (15%)
60-69: 1,627 (10%)
70-up: 1,818 (12%)

As was previously announced, the City of Worcester will be taking the lead on a regional Emergency Dispensing Super Site to vaccinate first responders. The vaccinations will be administered at the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St., and will include Police, Fire, EMTs, Dispatch and College Public Safety Personnel. Worcester, and will support vaccinations of first responders in Worcester and members of the Regional Health Alliance: Shrewsbury, Millbury, Leicester, Holden, Grafton and West Boylston. The city expects to receive those doses by mid-January. The City will be administering the Moderna vaccine. That is expected to start Monday, Jan. 11 as part of Phase 1 of the state’s 3-phased vaccination plan. A second shot will need to be administered 28 days later. Expect to vaccinate more than 2,000 individuals.

The UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Equity Task Force and the City of Worcester jointly sponsor free, walk-up COVID-19 testing. Below are upcoming dates for testing. All testing is held indoors at Mercantile Center, 201 Commercial St.:
Monday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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