5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - April 12

 by TWIW StaffApril 12, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition – Monday, April 12 - Worcester has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine online dashboard, there are two days of free COVID-19 testing this week in Worcester, the Hanover Theatre announces its Broadway Series 2021-2022 lineup, QCC announces its commencement ceremony plans, and Rosalina's Kitchen is celebrating their 10-year anniversary with free gelato all month long.

Worcester Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

The City of Worcester launched a new COVID Vaccination Dashboard that can be accessed at worcesterma.gov/coronavirus.

The dashboard includes information on total doses administered in Worcester, breakdowns of vaccinations by age, ethnicity and gender, as well as number of doses administered by the City.

As of Friday, April 9, 53,328 total Worcester residents -- or roughly 29 percent of the city’s population -- had received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 29,369 residents -- or 16 percent of the population -- have received their second dose and are fully vaccinated.

Nearly 13,000 residents ages 65 and over have been fully vaccinated.


Free COVID-19 Testing this Week in Worcester

The UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Equity Task Force and the City of Worcester are offering free, walk-up COVID-19 testing this week.

The testing will take place indoors at Mercantile Center at 201 Commercial St. on the following days and times:

  • Monday, April 12, 11 AM to 3 PM
  • Thursday, April 15, 11 AM to 3 PM

No appointments are necessary.


Hanover Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Broadway Series Schedule

The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts has released its 2021-2022 Broadway Series schedule.

New for the 2021 season, seven-show subscribers can exchange into any performance or show in the Broadway Series.

Shows and dates subject to change.


QCC Announces Commencement Ceremony Plans

Quinsigamond Community College has announced its May 21, 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be held virtually.

“The College came to this difficult decision after a review of current public health advice and the many unknown factors of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic’s course over the next months.  Our first and foremost commitment is to the safety of our faculty, staff, students and their families,” said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “While we are encouraged by the rollout of vaccines; many are still waiting to be vaccinated and current safety protocols preclude us from holding an in-person ceremony.”

QCC’s featured virtual commencement speaker will be nationally- recognized scholar and elected official, Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings, Ph.D.

QCC is offering free caps, gowns and tassels to all August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates for this year’s commencement.

To learn more visit www.QCC.edu/commencement-2021 .


Rosalina's Kitchen Celebrating 10 Years with Complimentary Gelato All Month Long

Rosalina's Kitchen -- located at 83 Hamilton St. in Worcester -- is celebrating their 10-year anniversary with free gelato for customers all month long.

The free gelato flavors include chocolate, pistachio and black raspberry.


Image credit: Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

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