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COVID-19 | Latest System Numbers
(as of October 15)
Total system
Patient number
Patients tested Tuesday, 10/12: 485 tests were processed with a positivity rate of 7.9%
Patients tested Thursday, 10/14: 549 tests were processed with a positivity rate of 6.5%


  • September 21, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    WORCESTER, Mass. — Almost six months after becoming eligible to get it, Sarah Thorstenson was finally convinced to get the COVID-19 vaccine by her own eyes.

    “Absolutely, if you would see these people -- if the people at home could see what’s going on in here -- there would be no doubt you would go an get the vaccine don’t wait until it’s too late,” Thorstenson said.

  • September 21, 2021 - Spectrum News

    Dr. Eric Dickson, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health, called the current hospital system in central Massachusetts a 'crisis situation.' He said the ongoing strike between Tenet Healthcare and nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital plays a major role.

    "We need to get those 600 nurses on the sidelines back to work," Dr. Dickson said. "Get those beds open."

  • September 20, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Every year, UMass Memorial Health collects unwanted firearms in exchange for gift cards, and now they're putting the guns they destroy to use.

    They've partnered with a blacksmith and students from Valley Regional High School to turn the old firearms into gardening tools. Students from UMass Medical School are using them to harvest vegetables from the garden on campus. The firearms were made into shovels, hoes and even some household décor. The students started work on the garden in the spring and want the food grown here to help people in the community. 

  • September 18, 2021 - Spectrum News

    Worcester medical leaders say the city’s hospital system is overwhelmed as COVID-19 cases surge again.

    Doctors say about 130 people are hospitalized across central Massachusetts for COVID-19. At the end of June, the number was less than 10.

  • September 17, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — The head of UMass Memorial Health pleaded Friday for a resolution to the strike at St. Vincent Hospital, saying the city was in “a crisis situation” due to a resurgent pandemic and reduced hospital capacity while nurses are on the picket line.

  • September 17, 2021 - MassLive

    As new COVID-19 cases increased in Worcester for the 10th consecutive week, the head of UMass Memorial Health pleaded with the stakeholders involved in the nurse’s strike at Saint Vincent Hospital to find a resolution, referring to the available hospital beds in the city as a “crisis situation.”

  • September 17, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER – Caroline Theerman knows what she’s going to do if a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children younger than 12.  

    Tuesday, Theerman stood among a throng of parents and their children in the Flagg Street School playground after school let out for the day. As children ran about having fun - including Theerman’s two children who attend the school - Theerman said she’s happy about the prospects for a vaccine that her kids could take in the near future against COVID-19. 

  • September 17, 2021 - Sentinel & Enterprise

    LEOMINSTER — UMass Memorial Health-HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, according to an announcement from the hospital.

  • September 16, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — When Dr. Mitchell Sokoloff was training as a urologist in the early 1990s, he recalled that the advice for surgical incisions was “the bigger the better.”

    Fast forward to Tuesday, and his two incisions to remove a patient’s prostate totaled only about an inch and 2 millimeters, thanks to the latest advancement in laparoscopic surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center: the Single-Port DaVinci robot.

  • September 16, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    Mary Hsieh, the former managing director of Medicare practice at Michigan-based Health Management Associates, was appointed CEO of the new Worcester-based Medicare Advantage health plan, Mass Advantage, according to a press release on Thursday.

  • September 16, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass. - As health care providers worry about a rise in COVID-19 cases in children, local physicians are also raising the alarm about another virus. ​

    Cases of  respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, are normally seen in the winter, but pediatricians at UMass Memorial Health said they've seen an unusual amount of cases this summer. 

  • September 15, 2021 - Becker's Hospital Review

    Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Medical Center is grappling with staffing strain caused by a monthslong nurses' strike, a COVID-19 surge fueled by the delta variant and a labor shortage.

  • September 15, 2021 - WBZ CBS Boston

    WORCESTER (CBS) – UMass Memorial Medical Center is looking to tackle taking care of a new influx of COVID-19 patients by recruiting staff members, but hospital officials say it is no easy task – and that may mean longer wait times for patients.

  • September 15, 2021 - MassLive

    UMass Memorial Health has announced it will give caregivers an appreciation bonus this month for their dedication working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • September 14, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Just three weeks into the school year, Worcester Public Schools reports 97 positive COVID-19 cases in students and 49 in staff since the first day of school. 

    "We didn't expect this," said Rob Pezzella, safety director of Worcester Public Schools. 

  • September 14, 2021 - NBC10 Boston

    Officials at UMass Memorial Medical Center say a lower vaccination rate in central Massachusetts has contributed to a shortage of hospital beds.

  • September 14, 2021 - The Hill

    With the portability and ubiquity of screens, researchers are interested in the various ways that they may impact our health. One aspect in particular is screen use following a concussion. A study of screen use during the first two days after a concussion suggests that there may be an effect.

  • September 13, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass. - UMass Memorial Health president and CEO says we're now in a third surge of the virus.

    It comes as they now know the immunity provided by the vaccine starts to decrease within a year.

  • September 13, 2021 - Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

    Over the 10-year period between 2005 and 2014, about 11,000 endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures were performed in children in the United States, according to a new study that assessed national and regional trends in age-specific volumes and outcomes after ERCP in the pediatric population.

  • September 12, 2021 - Good Housekeeping

    If you want to negotiate a permanent work-from-home situation, your tactics should be similar to salary negotiations, says Pooja Saraff, Ph.D., a psychology specialist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Figure out a way you can compromise on a solution, whether that means you come in one week a month, or you have regular one-on-one Zoom meetings with coworkers, or another solution that benefits both parties. “Put some suggestions on the table and be willing to compromise on a solution,” she adds.


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