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Covid-19 Update for May 27; 4,037 Positive Cases

For Immediate Release: 5/27/2020 5:13 pm

Worcester – The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for May 27:

• There are 4,037 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester. This is an increase of 41 cases from Monday, May 25, which reflects 4 false positive results from previously reported cases.

• Since April 1, Worcester has seen an increase of 3,867 new cases (average of 69 new cases per day).

• Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 270; Holden: 76; Grafton: 80; Leicester: 133; Millbury: 215.

• All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 206 (increase of 8 from Tuesday) total COVID-positive in-patients and 79 (decrease of 5 from Tuesday) total COVID-positive ICU patients today. To date, their facilities have had 266 (increase of 10 from Tuesday) total COVID-related deaths. A total of 319 of their employees have tested positive for the virus. (An increase of 10 from Tuesday.)

• Beaumont Rehabilitation census: 67 in-patients; Total of 188 treated; 80 beds available.

• North High homeless shelter census: 27 clients (COVID-19 negative; decrease of 2 from Tuesday).

• Senior Center update: Number of seniors contacted to date: 8,870; Outreach phone calls made to seniors today: 98; Number of meals delivered in Worcester today: 1,096.

• On Tuesday, May 26, a total of 63 employees at the City’s Emergency Operations Center were tested for the COVID-19 virus after 2 contractors who clean the building tested positive. So far, 28 tests have yielded no positive results. The City is awaiting results for the remaining 35 individuals

• A total of 27 people at Sam’s Club Distribution Center on Tobias Boland Way have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. (One individual was tested twice). Of those tested, 5 are cleaning contractors. This total includes 9 who were tested during the previous outbreak at Walmart in April. Additional testing will be conducted on-site tomorrow. The City will release those results when they become available.

• Health Officials also conducted a walkthrough at Walmart, 25 Tobias Boland Way, on Tuesday, May 26, and found a line of customers waiting to enter the store. A security staff was allowing people to enter when others left. All employees were observed to be wearing a mask, and all customers were seen wearing a face covering. Small children with their families were also observed to wearing masks.

• The next City of Worcester COVID-19 media briefing will be held Thursday, May 28 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.

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