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COVID-19 Update For May 20; 3,661 Positive Cases

For Immediate Release: 5/20/2020 5:00 pm

The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for May 20:

  • There are 3,661 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester. This is an increase of 105 cases from Tuesday, May 19.

  • Since April 1, Worcester has seen an increase of 3,481 new cases (average of 70 new cases per day).

  • Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 254; Holden: 71; Grafton: 77; Leicester: 121; Millbury: 201 

  • All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 231 total COVID-positive in-patients and 87 total COVID-positive ICU patients today. To date, their facilities have had 232 total COVID-related deaths. A total of 290 of their employees have tested positive for the virus.

  • DCU Center Field Hospital: The last patients at the DCU Center Field Hospital were dischared today at 11 a.m. The site setup will remain as a backup if needed.

  • Beaumont Rehabilitation census: 71 positive inpatients (5 admissions, 4 discharges); Total treated: 169 (76 beds available).

  • Bean Counter opens: Both the City Manager and Mayor Petty attended a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the new Bean Counter location on Grove Street. This is the second Bean Counter location to open in Worcester.
  • The Worcester Together Fund has raised in excess of $6.5 million. The second round of grants is currently open. Phase II recovery grant applications are now available to local nonprofits. Grants will typically range from $25,000 to $100,000. The deadline to apply at greaterworcester.org is June 8. To donate to the Worcester Together Fund, please visit: worcesterma.gov/coronavirus or text worcestercovid19 to 243725.

  • Senior Center update: Number of seniors contacted to date: 8,199; Outreach phone calls made to seniors today: 146; Number of meals delivered in Worcester today: 1,104.
  • Today, the City Manager recognized another unsung hero within the City workforce: Jake Sanders in the City Manager's Office. Jake joined the City team in April 2015, and serves as the City Manager's Chief of Staff. Before that, he worked at Becker College, serving stints as Director of External Relations and Associate Director of Government and Community Relations. He also has served as a research analyst and legislative aide in the House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Ithaca College, and earned his master’s degree at Clark University. Born and raised here, Jake graduated from Doherty Memorial High School. He has been an invaluable part of the City Manager's team, managing support staff and handling some of the most important projects. He is particularly helpful with funding requests, policy changes and advocating for support for the City. He has been a point person on the Worcester Red Sox/Polar Park project as a key figure throughout negotiations and now, with construction underway. He also led the way on the rollout of legalized marijuana in Worcester, as the City and state adopted rules and ultimately opened the doors to new businesses here. Jake also guided the implementation of the City’s updated website that launched in 2018. During the initial weeks of COVID-19 crisis, he worked out of the Emergency Operations Center, helping to facilitate meetings, among many other things.

  • The City of Worcester COVID-19 information line can be reached at 508-799-1019. Individuals can speak live with a nurse, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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