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For Immediate Release: 11/12/2020 4:18 pm

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

To date, there have been 7,898 overall confirmed positive cases in Worcester, an increase of 518 from last week.

Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 587 (increase of 56); Holden: 230 (increase of 24); Grafton: 183 (increase of 26); Leicester: 250 (increase of 17); Millbury: 374 (+32). All changes are from last week’s report.

UMass Memorial Health Care and Saint Vincent Hospital, as of Wednesday, Nov. 12, have a combined total of 88 COVID-positive in-patients (increase of 34) and 22 total COVID- positive ICU patients (increase of 8). To date, the combined facilities have had 397 COVID- related deaths (increase of 6). A total of 578 employees have tested positive for the virus (increase of 53). All changes are from last week’s report.

There have been 159 cumulative COVID-positive cases at Worcester colleges and universities. There are currently 28 active student cases. There were 26 new positive student cases this week.

19-under: 762 (10%)
20-29: 1,223 (16%)
30-39: 1,291 (17%)
40-49: 1,196 (16%)
50-59: 1,168 (15%)
60-69: 825 (11%)
70-up: 1,222 (16%)

There are 11 positive COVID cases among City employees: Department of Public Works, 1 positive, 0 quarantine; Worcester Fire Department, 2 positive, 3 quarantine; Worcester Police Department, 7 positive, 1 quarantine; MassHire, 1 positive, 0 quarantine.
City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. has announced the transitioning from monitoring to partial activation of our Emergency Operations Center. The EOC will be staffed with team leads focused on the primary functions of:

  • Testing
  • Case Tracking
  • Enforcement
  • Emergency Vaccination Dispensing Planning

In addition, I have asked for a list from our Public Health team of additional steps and measures we could take to address and stop the spread of this virus. Everything is on the table.

People are encouraged to take advantage of free COVID testing. As part of the state's Stop the Spread campaign, indoor testing is being offered next week. The testing is sponsored by the City of Worcester and UMass Memorial Healthcare COVID-19 Equity Task Force.

  • Monday, Nov. 16, 12-2 p.m., Worcester State University
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Thursday, Nov. 19, 11-3 p.m., Mercantile Center, 201 Commercial St.

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