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COVID-19 Update for July 30; 5,502 Cases

For Immediate Release: 7/31/2020 9:33 pm

Worcester – The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for July 30.

• This week’s numbers, like the week prior, indicate a substantial increase in the number of new COVID-positive cases in Worcester, and represent a concerning trend in the wrong direction. As temperatures have warmed, and more and more people venture outside, the risk for increased spread of COVID has grown. Additional testing is also likely to reveal higher numbers of positive cases.

• All residents and businesses are strongly advised to not let their guard down, to remain vigilant and follow all COVID protocols. This includes continuing to wear masks inside retail businesses and whenever maintaining 6 feet social distancing is not possible.

• The City reminds all businesses of their responsibility to ensure their employees and patrons comply with the Governor’s Order on wearing masks.

• This is all in an attempt to avoid the City being forced to take additional measures to slow the spread of the virus.

• There are 5,502 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester, an increase of 88 over last week’s update on Thursday, July23.

• This represents the second consecutive week of increases in Worcester.
Reporting Date New Cases Increase/Decrease from previous week

30-Jul   88 increase
23-Jul   63 increase
16-Jul   43 decrease
9-Jul     61 decrease
2-Jul     75 increase
25-Jun  67 increase
18-Jun 47 increase
11-Jun 39 increase

• Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 345 (increase of 4); Holden: 129 (increase of 2); Grafton: 100 (increase of 2); Leicester: 159 (increase of 1); Millbury: 268 (increase of 3). All increases are from last week, Thursday, July 16

• UMass Memorial Health Care and Saint Vincent Hospital combined total of 12 COVID-positive in-patients (increase of 1) and 2 total COVID-positive ICU patients (no change). To date, the combined facilities have had 351 COVID-related deaths (increase of 1). A total of 383 employees have tested positive for the virus (increase of 9). All updates are from last week, Thursday, July 23.

• The City’s overall COVID positivity rate for the week of July 26-Aug. 1 is 4.9 percent. This represents an increase over the positivity rate of 4.2 percent for the week prior.

• Senior Center update: Number of seniors contacted to date: 15,069; Outreach phone calls made to seniors this week: 529; Number of meals delivered in Worcester this week: 6,016.

• Residents and business owners can stay informed on the Commonwealth Re-opening plan by visiting mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts

• The City is no longer holding weekly media briefings, but continues to monitor COVID-19 numbers and send out weekly updates.

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