For Immediate Release: 11/5/2020 4:27 pm
The City of Worcester has released the following COVID-19 update:
To date, there have been 7,380 overall confirmed positive cases in Worcester, an increase of 266 from last week.
Positive case counts in surrounding towns: Shrewsbury: 531 (increase of 30); Holden: 206 (increase of 18); Grafton: 157 (increase of 14); Leicester: 233 (increase of 20). All changes are from Thursday, Oct. Oct. 29.
UMass Memorial Health Care and Saint Vincent Hospital, as of Wednesday, Nov. 4, have a combined total of 54 COVID-positive in-patients (increae of 19) and 14 total COVID- positive ICU patients (increase of 5). To date, the combined facilities have had 391 COVID- related deaths (increase of 3). A total of 525 employees have tested positive for the virus (increase of 22). All changes are from Wedensday, Oct. 28.
There have been 137 cumulative COVID-positive cases at Worcester colleges and universities. There are currently 23 active student cases. There were 11 new positive student cases this week.
CASES BY AGE
19-under: 698 (10%)
20-29: 1,138 (16%)
30-39: 1,228 (17%)
40-49: 1,128 (15%)
50-59: 1,117 (15%)
60-69: 790 (11%)
70-up: 1,198 (16%)
There is currently 1 COVID-positive case from Worcester Emergency Management; 1 positive case and 2 in quarantine from the Department of Public Works; 1 in quarantine from the Worcester Fire Department; and 4 positive cases and 1 in quarantine from the Worcester Police Department.
Residents are reminded that, per the order of Gov. Baker, indoor gatherins are limite to 10 or fewer people. This is particularly important with the approach of Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Families, friends and relatives are encouraged to embrace alternative holiday celebrations, such as virtual gatherings.
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 at Mercantile Center, 210 Commercial Street on the following days and times. The testing is sponsored by the City of Worcester and UMass Memorial Healthcare COVID-19 Equity Task Force, including Worcester Interfaith.
The Worcester Public Library is offering free, live online tutoring through HelpNow. It is available seven days a week, 2-11 p.m., and is available for K-12 and adult learners. Last month, the program was used 1,400 times. You may access the program and sign up for a library card at mywpl.org.