For Immediate Release: 5/10/2020 4:51 pm
The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for May 10:
• There are 2,924 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester. This is an increase of 70 cases from Saturday, May 9.
• Since April 1, Worcester has seen an increase of 2,742 new cases (average of 70 new cases per day).
• Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 226; Holden: 64; Grafton: 66; Leicester: 107. (Millbury: 178 as of Friday, May 8)
• All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 277 (an increase of 8 from Saturday) total COVID-positive in-patients and 101 (an increase of 2 from Saturday) total COVID-positive ICU patients today. To date, their facilities have had 170 (increase of 7 from Saturday) total COVID-related deaths. A total of 245 (increase of 5 from Saturday) of their employees have tested positive for the virus.
• The field hospital site at the DCU Center has 17 patients today
• There were 4 additional positive COVID-19 results from testing of employees at the Walmart store on 25 Tobias Boland Way, bringing to 85 the current total number of positive cases there.
• Starting Monday, the City is allowing the mobilization of all City-sponsored construction projects that meet the Governor’s latest essential construction guidelines. Those project had been suspended since April 3. Among the projects to resume are Polar Park and South High School. Construction projects must comply with all state COVID-19 construction safety guidelines, and are required to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan and signed COVID-19 Safety Affidavit.
• Today, the City Manager recognized another unsung hero in the City workforce: Peter Dunn, the Assistant Chief Development Officer for Business and Community Development. Peter, who has been with the city 7 years, earned his bachelor’s degree at Roger Williams and his master’s degree at Babson. He joined the City’s Executive Office of Economic Development as a Staff Assistant in the Business Assistance Division in 2013. He was promoted to Business Programs Manager in 2014, and was appointed to his current position last year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he designed, implemented and managed the highly-successful COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund that has helped sustain nearly 200 small businesses, the majority of which have been minority- and women-owned. Peter also guides the City’s Economic Development Incentive Program (TIFs), the Housing Development Incentive Program (DIFs), Brownfields Cleanup programs, the Façade Program, the Microloan Program and more. Among the project he has worked on are the relocation of Table Talk Pies, WuXi Biologics at the Reactory, the new hotel in Washington Square, Botany Bay’s purchase and redevelopment of the former Creative Packaging site at 261 Clover St., and various components of development, both private and public, in the Kelley Square area. In 2016, Peter was chosen as one of the Worcester Business Journal’s 40-under-40. He has also been involved in the Worcester Business Resource Alliance, American Heart Association, Special Olympics and the Be Like Brit Foundation.
• The next City of Worcester COVID-19 media briefing will be held Monday, May 11 at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall (Levi Lincoln Chamber, third floor).