Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus’ office released its latest update on COVID-19 in Worcester on Thursday, October 1.
Worcester residents have experienced 6.409 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and 291 deaths related to the disease cause by the virus since the start of the pandemic. Residents have had 70,158 molecular tests.
Since the previous report one week ago, 141 new cases were confirmed.
As ThisWeekInWorcester.com reported on Thursday, October 2, Worcester is one of 23 communities in Worcester rated “high risk�� or a “red zone” according to the standards set by the Department of Public Health [DPH].
The city must report three consecutive weeks of less than 8 cases per 100,000 in population to be categorized a “yellow zone.” In the last report from the DPH, Worcester had 8.3 cases per 100,000.
Augustus also reported case numbers from some surrounding towns.
Shrewsbury reported 18 new confirmed cases and 411 total cases. Shrewsbury is a state designated a “yellow” zone.
Shrewsbury reported two new confirmed cases and 162 total cases. Holden is a state designated a “yellow” zone.
Grafton reported one new confirmed cases, 119 total, and Leicester reported five new confirmed cases, 181 total. Both are below the 8 cases per 100k threshold.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday, September 29, that effective Monday, Oct. 5 communities below the high-risk designation in Massachusetts will be permitted to move into step 2 of Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan.
Worcester is the only community in Worcester County that rated high-risk.