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COVID-19 Update for May 28, 4,060 Positive Cases

For Immediate Release: 5/28/2020 5:28 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/28/2020

Worcester – The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update for May 28:

• There are 4,060 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Worcester. This is an increase of 23 cases from Wednesday, May 27.

• Since April 1, Worcester has seen an increase of 3,890 new cases (average of 68 new cases per day).

• Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 270; Holden: 77; Grafton: 81; Leicester: 134; Millbury: 220.

• All combined medical facilities of Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care had 189 (decrease of 17 from Wednesday) total COVID-positive in-patients and 67 (decrease of 12 from Wednesday) total COVID-positive ICU patients today. To date, their facilities have had 269 (increase of 3 from Wednesday) total COVID-related deaths. A total of 320 of their employees have tested positive for the virus. (An increase of 1 from Wednesday.)

• Beaumont Rehabilitation census: 64 in-patients; Total of 191 treated; 83 beds available.

• North High homeless shelter census: 26 clients.24 clients have secured more stable housing opportunities or been connected with residential treatment services

• Senior Center update: Number of seniors contacted to date: 9,073; Outreach phone calls made to seniors today: 203; Number of meals delivered in Worcester today: 1,074.

• The next City of Worcester COVID-19 media briefing will be held Tuesday, June 2 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.

• Today, City Manager Augustus honored Janice Weekes, Director of MassHire Worcester Career Center, which offers employment and training services for job seekers and employers. Janice has been an integral player in ensuring the Career Center continues to offer services during the COVID-19 crisis as the Center fully functions remotely. Janice worked to enhance the MassHire website to include a summary of COVID-19-related information, unemployment insurance links and other online resources. She has helped put together a virtual job fair for employers and jobseekers to connect which will take place on on June 4, from 12-4 p.m. Janice is a member of Worcester Together and serves on its Economic Development Working Group. She is a graduate of Bentley University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She earned her Masters of Business Administration at Suffolk University. On behalf of the City of Worcester, I would like to thank Janice for all her hard work and dedication, and to MassHire for their much-needed efforts in helping to put impacted employees back to work.

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