For Immediate Release: 6/11/2021 2:20 pm
The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for June 11:
• There are 23,817 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester. This is an increase of 66 cases from Friday, June 4. For that week, there were 23,751 cases, representing an increase of 31 cases over the week prior.
• Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 2,970 (+ 2 from last week’s total of 2,968); Holden: 1,475 (+5 from last week’s total of 1,469); Grafton: 1,188 (+ 1 from last week’s total of 1,187)
• All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 12 total COVID-positive in-patients (-4 from last week’s total of 16) and 6 total COVID-positive ICU patients (no change from last week). To date, their facilities have had a total of 742 COVID-related deaths (+4 from last week’s total of 738).
• To date, there have been 427 deaths of Worcester residents from COVID-19 (no change from last week)
• According to the state Department of Public Health, a combined total of 192,067 doses (+8,503 from last week when there were 183,564) have been administered for Worcester. A total of 85,905 (roughly 46 percent of the population) have received their second dose and are fully vaccinated. A total of 106,162 (about 57%) have received their first dose.
• As of Thursday, June 10 a total of 17,282 vaccination doses had been administered through the City’s Mobile Vaccination Clinics to 11,303 individuals. Of those vaccinations, 8,305 first doses, 5,979 second doses and 2,998 single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered.
• All Worcester residents are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. There are many options, including walk-in clinics, pharmacies and personal physicians. Understanding the hesitancy many individuals may have, City health officials encourage people to visit www.mass.gov/info-details/trust-the-facts-get-the-vax or www.worcesterma.gov/coronavirus/vaccination.
• Among the options for vaccination are long-term care facilities, who now offer first and second doses to visitors.
• Below, see a complete list of upcoming clinics in Worcester:
YMCA, 766 Main St. Saturday 6/12 TBA
Block Party Clinic, 20 Franklin St. Saturday 6/12 11AM-3PM
Polar Park: Claremont Graduation Saturday 6/12 5-7PM
Polar Park: Gerald Creamer Graduation Sunday 6/13 9-11AM
Polar Park: University Park Campus School Graduation Sunday 6/13 3-5PM
Stop & Shop at Lincoln Plaza Monday 6/14 TBA
WPS, Claremont Academy Tuesday 6/15 2:30-6PM
WPS, UPCS Tuesday 6/15 2:30-6PM
WPS, Worcester East Middle School Wednesday 6/16 2:30-6PM
WPS, Burncoat Middle School Wednesday 6/16 2:30-6PM
Worcester Public Library Wednesday 6/16 5:30-7:30PM
WPS, Forest Grove Middle School Thursday 6/17 3:30PM-6PM
WPS, Sullivan Middle School Thursday 6/17 3:30PM-6PM
Worcester Public Library Wednesday 6/23 5:30-7:30PM
Worcester Public Library Wednesday 6/30 5:30-7:30PM
• Find more information about the COVID-19 virus, and the City’s vaccination efforts, including the latest Mobile Vaccination Clinics, visit www.worcesterma.gov/coronavirus/vaccination.
• Saint Vincent Hospital announced the closing of the Regional Vaccination Site at Worcester State University effective Thursday, June 10. Since beginning operations almost four months ago, the site has administered more than 83,000 doses.
• The vaccination site at Mercantile Center, which is run by UMass Memorial Health Care, is now accepting walk-ins, ages 12-up. No appointment is necessary from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site is also still accepting appointments, from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Appointments can be made at www.mass.gov. Discounted parking is available in the Mercantile Center Garage.
• The Worcester Senior Center, which has been closed as a result of the pandemic since March 2020, will reopen Tuesday, June 15. Programs and services will be offered at the Senior Center Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Virtual programs will continue to be broadcast on Worcester Government Channel 192 as well as Facebook or YouTube. Program calendars will be posted on Facebook. Information may also be obtained by emailing email@example.com or calling 508-799-1232. Lunch reservations are required at least two days in advance by 10:30 a.m., and can be made by calling 508-799-8070 between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 508-852-3205, ext. 290, after 1 p.m. Transportation to the Senior Center is currently fare-free, courtesy of the WRTA, via Bus Routes No. 1 and 11 as well as paratransit. Those who are certified for ADA paratransit may schedule rides by calling 508-752-9283 or 1-877-743-3852. All trip reservations can be made as early as seven days in advance, but no later than 4:30 p.m. the day before the trip. The Senior Center is “mask friendly” and all visitors are reminded that, per CDC guidelines, those who are not fully vaccinated are advised to wear a mask.
• The Senior Center will host a vaccination clinic for seniors and their caregivers on Thursday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available. No appointment is necessary.
• The Massachusetts Homebound Vaccination Program is available to any individual who faces difficulty getting to a vaccine site. Individuals can call 833-983-0485 to register for an in-home vaccination. The registration line is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is staffed by representatives who speak English and Spanish. Translation services are available in more than 100 languages.
• Free, walk-in COVID-19 testing offered by UMass Memorial Health Care will be available Monday, June 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Mercantile Center, 201 Commercial St., Worcester (intersection of Commercial and Mechanic streets). No appointment is required. For more locations around the state, visit www.mass.gov./info-details/stop-the-spread. The state has extended free Stop the Spread testing through Sept. 30.
• A reminder that, effective Tuesday, June 15, the same day Gov. Baker will lift his State of Emergency, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. will rescind his Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency as a result of the COVID pandemic. The order was originally issued March 15, 2020.
• All residents and visitors in Worcester are reminded to follow state guidance, which recommends fully-vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a face covering or social distance indoors or outdoors, except of in certain situations. Non-fully-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and to continue social distancing in most settings.