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COVID-19 Update for March 18; 21,349 Cases

For Immediate Release: 3/18/2021 4:20 pm

The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update:

To date, there have been 21,349 overall confirmed positive cases in Worcester. That is an increase of 274 cases since the City’s last COVID update on Thursday, March 4.

There were 39 new cases today.

Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 2,653 (increase of 54); Holden: 1,325 (increase of 19); Grafton: 1,050 (increase of 26)

UMass Memorial Health Care and Saint Vincent Hospital have a combined total of 50 COVID-positive in-patients (decrease of 25) and 14 total COVID-positive ICU patients (decrease of 5). To date, the combined facilities have had 695 COVID-related deaths (increase of 5). A total of 1,746 employees have tested positive for the virus (no change from last week). All changes are from previous week’s report.

There have been 413 deaths of Worcester residents. This represent no change from last week

The Field Hospital at the DCU Center closed this week and no longer has patients. It remains on standby for now, should the need to reactivate it arise.

As of Wednesday, March 18, 35,382 Worcester residents had received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, roughly 19 percent of the City’s population. A total of 20,146 residents have received their second dose and are fully vaccinated.

Of the roughly 25,187 seniors 65 years of age and older in Worcester, 15,016 (60 percent) have received at least their first dose; 8,009 (32 percent) have been fully vaccinated.

The City’s Mobile Vaccination Clinic, headed by Health Commissioner Dr. Matilde Castiel, administered 96 first doses to the Grafton Housing Authority on Monday. Yesterday, they administered 478 doses at the YMCA, and were back there again today to administer another estimated 400 shots. Upcoming Mobile Clinics, including second doses, are Monday, March 22, YWCA; Wednesday, March 24, Webster Square East Tower (Worcester Housing Authority), 1060 Main St., and 248 Mountain St.; Thursday, March 25, Webster Square West Tower (WHA), 1050 Main St., and New England Ghanaian Seventh-day Adventists Church; Monday, March 29, Elm Park Towers; and Wednesday, March 31, WHA in Holden.

Below is next week’s schedule for free COVID-19 testing offered by UMass Memorial Healthcare at 201 Commercial St.:

• Monday, March 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Thursday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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