Worcester County Resident Positive for UK Strain of COVID-19

 by Tom MarinoJanuary 21, 2021

WORCESTER - City Manager Ed Augustus announced on Thursday, August 21, that a Worcester County resident has tested positive for the UK strain of COVID-19.

After travelling over the holiday season, the individual tested positive on January 5.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 88 cases of the strain across 14 states to date. According to the World Health Organization, individuals in 60 countries have tested positive for the strain.

Augustus also announced 885 residents of Worcester have confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 since Thursday, January 14. The total number of cases in Worcester since the start of the pandemic is now 18,014.

In surrounding towns, the total number of cases and increases since the previous report on Thursday, January 14, are:

  • Shrewsbury - 2,149 (+141)
  • Holden - 1,032 (+67)
  • Grafton - 817 (+115)
  • Leicester 736 (+36).

The Worcester Division of Public Health administered 1,318 total vaccinations at the Emergency Distribution Site at the Senior Center. During the last two weeks, 307 people at the Worcester Police Department and 297 at the Worcester Fire Department have received vaccination.

Worcester City Hall and other municipal buildings will open on Monday, January 25, by appointment only. They include the Worcester Public Library, Department of Public Works & Parks offices, and location at 25 Meade St.

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