For Immediate Release: 6/2/2020 5:51 pm
Worcester – The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for June 2:
• There are 4,215 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester. This is an increase of 14 cases from Monday, June 1. This number reflects a change in the reported number for Monday.
• Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 270; Holden: 83; Grafton: 87; Leicester: 138; Millbury: 228.
• All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 143 (increase of 1 from Monday) total COVID-positive in-patients and 55 (increase of 2 from Monday) total COVID-positive ICU patients today. To date, their facilities have had 288 (increase of 2 from Monday) total COVID-related deaths. A total of 335 of their employees have tested positive for the virus (no change from Monday).
• The number of total COVID-positive patients in the combined hospital systems represents a decrease of 141 since May 1.
• The total number of COVID-positive ICU patients in the combined hospital systems represents a decrease of 52 since May 1.
• Beaumont Rehabilitation census: 58 in-patients; Total of 197 treated; 89 beds available.
• North High homeless shelter census: 25 clients (COVID-19 negative; decrease of 1 from Sunday).
• A total of 26 homeless shelter clients have secured more stable housing opportunities or been connected with residential treatment services.
• Senior Center Update: Number of Number of seniors contacted to date: 9,517; Outreach phone calls made to seniors today: 109; Number of meals delivered in Worcester today: 1,442.
• Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to announce on Saturday the date for restaurants to reopen. The City Manager will issue an Executive Order Wednesday regarding the extension of premises to allow for outdoor dining at restaurants. The application will be available on the City’s website. Additional License Commission meetings will be scheduled starting Monday to streamline approvals.
• The National Guard is expected to be in Worcester on Wednesday for the purpose of dismantling and packing state supplies provided to the field hospital at the DCU Center. That activity is expected to take about 2 days.
• Today, the City Manager recognized another unsung hero on the City workforce: Steve Rolle. He is the Assistant Chief Development Officer for Planning & Regulatory Services in the Economic Development Office. Steve has been with the city almost 7 years, joining in 2014. He is a former Planning Board member. During the COVID-19 crisis, he and his team have ensured that the city’s 5 regulatory boards and commissions maintain continuity by meeting remotely. They have collectively processed more than 300 applications during this time. Additionally, Steve has led an interdepartmental team to launch the extension of premises guidelines for restaurants as they reopen. Outside of COVID-specific duties, Steve has implemented several critical planning initiatives, including the City’s Complete Streets policy.
• The Worcester Public Library will start offering curbside pickup on Monday, June 8. The pickup will be available at the Main Library, 3 Salem Square, and the Frances Perkins Branch, 470 West Boylston St. Through this service, you may request library materials ahead of time to borrow and pick up outside the library. For more information on curbside pickup, including hours of operation, procedures, and frequently asked questions visit mywpl.org.
• The Worcester Together Fund has raised more than $7.4 million, including a $10,000 donation from CVS and $4,000 for the Signs for Seniors fundraiser. To make a donations and for more information about the fund is available at: WorcesterMA.gov/coronavirus
Or you can simply text worcestercovid19 to 243725
• The next City of Worcester COVID-19 media briefing will be held Thursday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. Going forward, media briefings will be held each Tuesday and Thursday only. The City will provide updated numbers on COVID-19 cases on days where there is not a media briefing.