For Immediate Release: 6/3/2020 4:52 pm
Worcester – The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for June 3:
• There are 4,259 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester. This is an increase of 44 cases from Tuesday, June 2.
• Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 270; Holden: 83; Grafton: 88; Leicester: 138; Millbury: 228.
• All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 144 (increase of 1 from Tuesday) total COVID-positive in-patients and 48 (decrease of 7 from Tuesday) total COVID-positive ICU patients today. To date, their facilities have had 292 (increase of 4 from Tuesday) total COVID-related deaths. A total of 339 of their employees have tested positive for the virus (increase of 4 from Tuesday).
• The number of total COVID-positive patients in the combined hospital systems represents a decrease of 140 since May 1.
• The total number of COVID-positive ICU patients in the combined hospital systems represents a decrease of 59 since May 1.
• Beaumont Rehabilitation census: 58 in-patients; Total of 200 treated; 89 beds available.
• North High homeless shelter census: 25 clients (COVID-19 negative; no change from Tuesday).
• 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: 9,658; Outreach phone calls made to seniors today: 141; Number of meals delivered in Worcester today: 1,136.
• The City Manager today signed an Executive Order allowing restaurants to begin applying for an extension to on-premises dining allowing for outdoor dining once Gov. Baker announces the start of Phase II of his reopening plan in Massachusetts. That announcement is expected to come on Saturday. The Executive Order creates a streamlined permitting process for restaurants that wish to expand their outdoor seating area or establish a new outdoor seating area. This will include thrice-weekly meetings of the License Commission starting next week, to ensure all applications can be reviewed in the most expeditious way possible. The regular local $100 application fee is being waived in recognition of the financial hardship experienced by our restaurants. In addition, the fee for a $156 sidewalk obstruction permit to allow sidewalk dining is also being waived. Restaurants will be allowed to offer table dining on sidewalks in front of their businesses and in their parking lots, or on another suitable outdoor area, following established protocols under the Governor’s Order. An application for extended premises can be found online at http://www.worcesterma.gov/coronavirus/business and at http://www.worcesterma.gov/planning-regulatory/boards/license-commission. For more information, or to ask any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.