For Immediate Release: 6/25/2020 5:11 pm
There are 5,172 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester, an increase of 67 cases from Thursday, June 18.
Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 317 (+5 from last week); Holden: 120 (+5 from last week); Grafton: 94 (no change from last week); Leicester: 151 (+2 from last week); Millbury: 243 (+5 from last week).
All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 38 (-11 from last week) total COVID-positive in-patients and 14 (-4 from last week) total COVID-positive ICU patients today. To date, their facilities have had 333 (+9 from last week) total COVID-related deaths. A total of 362 of their employees (+2 from last week) have tested positive for the virus.
UMass Memorial conducted approximately 1,600 tests over 2 days last week as part of free statewide Pop-Up testing for those who had attended large gatherings, including Black Lives Matter rallies. The tests revealed a 2.7% positivity rate.
Beaumont Rehabilitation: 25 in-patients; Total of 230 treated; 122 beds available.
As of June 30, Beaumont will no longer serve as a COVID recovery campus.
North High healthy homeless shelter: 17 clients
The City is closing the North High shelter, the last remaining of its temporary shelters. All remaining clients will be return to the SMOC shelter
A total of 34 clients have secured more stable housing opportunities or been connected with residential treatment services.
Senior Center update: Number of seniors contacted to date: 12,159; Outreach phone calls made to seniors today: 159; Number of meals delivered in Worcester today: 1,063.
The City plans to open its aquatic facilities on July 1. The City runs 4 beaches (Bell Pond, Indian Lake, John J. Binienda Memorial Beach and Shore Park), 1 pool (Crompton Park) and 2 Spray Parks (East Park Spray Park and Greenwood Spray Park). There will be many changes to ensure adherence to COVID rules and regulations. Please visit the Parks Page to keep up to date on all protocols and requirements.
The City will reopen the Handball Court at Crompton Park on June 26 on a trial basis. All COVID requirements, including social distancing, must be followed. Handball courts at Green Hill Park and in South Worcester remain closed for now. Basketball and volleyball courts also remain closed.
There are a number of available positions for seasonal jobs in Worcester including at Hope Cemetery, in parks and beaches, at Green Hill Golf Course and Driving Range, and in other areas. Anyone looking for a summer job is encouraged to apply here, call (508) 799-1190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be no more weekly media briefings on COVID. The City will continue to monitor numbers. As residents return to restaurants, parks, playgrounds, beaches and other areas, all residents are strongly urged to continue following COVID guidelines, such as wearing a mask/face covering and maintaining proper social distancing to ensure that the progress made is not erased.