WORCESTER – There are now 19 positive cases of COVID-19 in Worcester.
At a press briefing Tuesday evening, Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus reported that city officials are aware of other probable cases through contacts with local hospitals. The number reported, 19, is the official count that has been verified through testing.
There are also now three positive cases in both Grafton and Shrewsbury, according to Augustus.
Two New Deaths in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health [DPH] has reported two new deaths from COVID-19 related illness in Tuesdays’s report.
Both individuals that have died were women. The first, from Middlesex County, was in her 80s. The other, from Berkshire County, was in her 60s. Both women were hospitalized and had underlying health conditions that increased their risk from COVID-19.
A total of 11 Massachusetts residents have now died during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Worcester Country, DPH reports 73 positive cases in Massachusetts — up 31 cases from Monday.
Across the United States, there are now more than 52,000 reported positive cases of COVID-19 and currently 684 deaths from related illnesses.
DPH Testing Results
DPH’s partnership with a number of private laboratories are paying dividends as the number of overall tests completed rose sharply again in Tuesday’s COVID-19 reporting.
There have now been 13,749 total patients tested for COVID-19, a 54% rise from Monday’s total of 8,922.
With more testing has come more positive results, however. The state reports a total of 1,159 positive tests conducted. The 382 new positive tests is a 49% increase from Monday’s reported total of 777.