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  • February 9, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

     As a Black man, Brian Gibbs believes people of color must speak up and communicate with others to help them understand that the U.S. has left so many Black and brown communities vulnerable and neglected.

    "There's a need to have a more honest and transparent conversation to understand the risk that communities of color are disproportionately burdened," said Gibbs, who was recently appointed  vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at UMass Memorial Health Care.

  • February 9, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    The DCU Field Hospital has begun to keep steady range in population size as the state deliberates what its capacity might look like in March.  

    There are currently 31 patients at the facility, Peter Lancette, director of the field hospital’s operations and the facility’s assistant chief nursing officer, said. That is a decline of three patients since last Monday. Last week, 40 patients were admitted into the field hospital. The maximum census at the hospital was 67 patients. Since the facility reopened in spring, 584 patients have been cared for so far. 

  • February 8, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

     UMass Memorial Health Care opened a new COVID-19 vaccine site at downtown Worcester's Mercantile Center on Monday in the latest step to dole out as many vaccines as possible.

    The center is open, at least at first, only to UMass Memorial patients aged 75 and older, and by appointment only. The Mercantile Center has donated a big empty space for vaccinations and testing, in the same space that has long been used for coronavirus testing.

  • February 2, 2021 - Mass Live

    Each time a COVID patient is discharged from the field hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester, everyone in the arena knows it.

    This week, UMass Memorial Health Care, which operates the surge facility, installed a “recovery bell” that rings each time a patients is discharged.

  • February 1, 2021 - Mass Live

    At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, officials across the country hoped a “new normal” would arrive with the debut of a vaccine.

    The vaccines have arrived, but “normal” remains months away, according to Dr. Michael Hirsh.

  • February 1, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    The number of COVID-19 patients at the DCU Center Field Hospital continues to decline in line with state trends.

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recorded 1,676 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Saturday, according to the COVID Interactive Data Dashboard. That is down from 1,946 patients who were hospitalized with the coronavirus as of last week. 

  • February 1, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    The city hopes to vaccinate 1,500 or more people over age 75 against COVID-19 by Saturday, officials said, with signups possibly starting as soon as Monday night. 

    In a call Monday afternoon, Dr. Michael P. Hirsh, the city's medical director, said the city will conduct clinics Friday and Saturday that people can sign up for on the state's website. 

  • January 29, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    Cronavirus case numbers continue falling a little more than a month after Christmas from what had been record highs in Massachusetts around the holidays.

    A total of 3,007 new cases in Worcester County in the week ending Thursday is the lowest since early December — though still far higher than the area's first peak last spring. Massachusetts had 25,951 new cases, also the lowest since early December, according to the state Department of Public Health.

  • January 29, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    While science was crucial to the creation of the COVID-19 vaccine, good old-fashioned trust is key to making the nationwide vaccination effort a success.

    With this is mind, the UMass Medical School, in collaboration with the Worcester Department of Health and Human Services, sponsored a webinar Thursday addressing the hesitancy of people in the Latino community to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • January 29, 2021 - WCVB 5 Boston

    Dr. Robert Finberg, of UMass Medical School, answers questions about COVID vaccine rollout, the vaccine supply and variants.

  • January 28, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    UMass Memorial Health Care is setting up a COVID-19 vaccination site at Mercantile Center, adjacent to the COVID-19 testing site.

    But UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson said the site will initially be available only to already-identified patients in the UMass Memorial system, not to the general public.

  • January 28, 2021 - Boston Herald

    Massachusetts enters Phase 2 of vaccination plan, here’s what you need to know.

  • January 27, 2021 - Fox News

    The world has now seen more than 100 million cases of the novel coronavirus since the outbreak of the deadly disease began a year ago. 

    COVID-19 has now infected some 100,032,461 people across the globe, according to estimates from Johns Hopkins University. More than 2 million lives have been lost to the virus, which first emerged in Wuhan, China. 

  • January 25, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    Steve Roach, the interim president of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, which has its main offices in Leominster, has been named to the position on a permanent basis.

    Roach's appointment, which was announced Monday in a staff memo by Doug Brown, the president of UMass Memorial Community Hospitals, also keeps him as president of UMass Memorial's Marlborough Hospital, a position he's held since 2013.

  • January 25, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    Massachusetts has millions of residents to vaccinate in hopes of ending the coronavirus pandemic. UMass Medical School hopes it can serve as a testing ground for how to quickly administer doses statewide – and potentially beyond.

    To start, it may all depend on how things go in Worcester.

  • January 24, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Kenneth R. Smith has visited the convention center in downtown Worcester many times over the years for trade shows and exhibitions. This month, he was there as a patient during a pandemic.

    Smith was among dozens of COVID-19 patients being treated at a field hospital constructed inside the large hall of the DCU Center. Patients lie in beds in long rows across the convention center floor, separated by black curtains. There are no walls and no windows to offer a view of the outside world, just bright overhead lights and the thrum of a busy hospital.

  • January 23, 2021 - Fox News

    Taming a ranging pandemic that has already claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans lies heavily in the rollout of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine — a process that has been slow and arduous since the emergency approval of such jabs in the U.S.

  • January 23, 2021 - NBC 10 Boston

    Massachusetts is now allowing everyone in Phase 1 to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. For hospitals, that means they can now give shots to everyone on staff.

    At UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Dr. Andrew Karson, the chief medical officer, believes the vaccine is resulting in a reduction of cases among employees.

  • January 23, 2021 - WBZ 4 CBS Boston

    Massachusetts is rolling back some coronavirus restrictions on Monday. But with the United Kingdom COVID variant in the state, two local doctors say now is not the time to let our guards down.

  • January 22, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson has been named the new chair of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, the Boston hospital advocacy nonprofit announced Friday.


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