WORCESTER – The City of Worcester reports an increase of 518 new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the past week.
There are now a total of 7,898 overall confirmed positive cases in Worcester.
According to City Manager Ed Augustus, there were 119 new positive cases reported in the city on Thursday alone. Augustus also announced the city’s COVID-19 death toll reached 300 following the death of a Worcester resident due to a COVID-19 related illness this week.
The increases in surrounding towns:
Shrewsbury: 587 (+56)
Holden: 230 (+24)
Grafton: 183 (+26)
Leicester: 250 (+17)
Millbury: 374 (+32)
Since November 1, Worcester has averaged 59 new COVID-19 cases per day. In April and May, the peak of the pandemic, the city averaged 67 new cases per day.
Augustus announced he has ordered the partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center [EOC]. EOC Staff will focus on testing, case tracking, enforcement and emergency vaccination dispensing planning.
The Department of Public Health will also prepare recommendations for further measures to control the spread of the virus.
According to Augustus, “Everything is on the table.”