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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 10, 2021 - MassLive

    Massachusetts reported 1,726 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday as well as 18 new deaths.

    The daily report of new infections remains elevated, but Friday’s new case total was a decline from the 2,096 new cases reported on Thursday.

  • September 7, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Like so much west of Boston, the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester can sometimes be overlooked, despite a history of accomplishment and even a Nobel laureate.

    Gerald Chan, the billionaire investor, counts himself among those who had not given much thought to UMass Medical, simply because he’s been focused on the research happening in the Boston area. But after a tour about five years ago, he came away surprised and impressed.

  • September 4, 2021 - Becker's Healthcare Podcast

    This episode features Neil Gilchrist, Chief Pharmacy Officer of UMass Memorial Health. Here, he discusses workforce development, the continued shift to value and outcomes based services, and more.

  • September 1, 2021 - MassLive

    Dr. Robert Finberg, known as one of the nation’s foremost virologists and who played a vital role in researching the COVID vaccine in Worcester, died unexpectedly on Monday, UMass Medical School announced.

    Finberg, a professor and chair emeritus of the department of medicine, was 71.

  • September 1, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Governor Charlie Baker issued a proclamation declaring August 31 Overdose Awareness Day in Massachusetts.

    More than 2,100 purple flags are outside of UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School. Each flag represents a person who died from an opioid overdose in the state in 2020.

  • August 26, 2021 - Spectrum News

    UMass Memorial Health is celebrating their new program, Hospital at Home. It helps patients receive high-quality, hospital-level care in the comfort of their own home.

    Nurses are able to deliver medications and in-home care twice each day and doctors visit patients via telehealth at least once each day.

  • August 23, 2021 - This Week in Worcester

    UMass Memorial Hospital announced on Monday, August 23, that it purchased a property on Plantation Street where it will add acute care medical-surgical beds.

    The building, at 378 Plantation Street, is the former home of the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

  • August 19, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    Worcester healthcare provider UMass Memorial Health announced a plan on Wednesday to provide booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals eight months after they received their second vaccine.

    The plan is still being reviewed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control, said a press release from UMass. 

  • August 18, 2021 - NBC10 Boston

    Now that U.S. health officials have recommended COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, what does it mean for you?

    In a joint statement Wednesday, the directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Health and other top medical experts, outlined plans to begin administering booster shots beginning next month.

  • August 17, 2021 - Boston Globe

    UMass Memorial Medical Center has reopened its COVID-19 command center, establishing a structure to manage a recent increase in cases and plan for the possibility of even more.

    The move by the Worcester hospital portends struggles that may lie ahead throughout the health care system, as the pandemic throws new curve balls at traumatized and exhausted providers.

  • August 16, 2021 - Bloomberg

    “This is huge, I would say,” said Sandeep Jubbal, the infectious disease specialist who oversees the trailer-based “Crush Covid” unit at UMass Memorial Health in Worcester, Massachusetts, that opened in mid-July. Though the cocktail still has only emergency use approval, it appears to be so effective that “patients have been calling and thanking us for giving it to them,” he said.

  • August 11, 2021 - MassLive

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is planning to reopen its command center for the foreseeable future to address what it says are three emerging crises significantly impacting the ability to care for patients in Central Massachusetts.

    Those crises are the resurgence of COVID-19 fueled by the delta variant, the closure of 100 hospital beds in the region and a nationwide labor shortage, according to a statement from the medical center.

  • August 11, 2021 - WBUR

    Head out to a nightclub in Lawrence this month and you could be getting more than your typical shot of Fireball. That's because starting this weekend, city officials will be setting up vaccine clinics outside popular hotspots in a move to get as many shots in arms as possible.

  • August 10, 2021 - WCVB Channel 5 Boston

    Some COVID-19 testing sites in Massachusetts are seeing increased demand with the rise of the delta variant, especially one in Worcester.

    Workers at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Health testing site at the intersection of Commercial and Mechanics streets say demand has quadrupled over the past three weeks. The site was testing approximately 80 people a day three weeks ago and tested more than 400 on Monday.

  • August 5, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health in Worcester announced plans Wednesday to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, according to a memo sent to caregivers from President and CEO Eric Dickson.

    The program, which is set to begin in the fall, will require executives and department chairs to receive their first dose by Oct. 1, and all other caregivers by Nov. 1.

  • August 3, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health on Tuesday accepted its first patient into the new telehealth program, Hospital at Home, which allows patients to stay at home while receiving hospital-level services.

    Along with virtual vital-sign monitoring and visits from doctors, patients can have medications and therapy delivered to their homes. 

  • August 2, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Doctors, nurses, and their army of colleagues in Massachusetts hospitals are worried and exhausted. The trickle of COVID-19 patients arriving at their doors a month ago has grown to a steadier stream — up 78 percent over the last three weeks.

    The faces of those infected are changing, too. No longer is the typical patient a gray-haired 70-year-old with multiple health conditions, they say. Instead, they are seeing many 40- and 50-year-olds, some even younger, who had been healthy before becoming infected. Many are people of color.

  • August 2, 2021 - WCVB Channel 5 Boston

    A little helper played a big role in a recent happy moment inside the maternity ward at University of Massachusetts Memorial Health.

    Photos and videos from the hospital show newborn Maverick wore a onesie with the special question from father Jonathan Mastalerz printed across the front and back. 


  • July 28, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health told staff on Wednesday it is converting the West 1 unit at the UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus in Worcester to an all-COVID unit, after the number of admitted patients quadrupled over the course of a week, according to a staff memo circulated on Wednesday.

  • July 26, 2021 - Healthcare Finance

    UMass Memorial Health researchers and clinicians have expanded predictive analytics developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to clinical decision support for use in radiology, gastroenterology, at-home acute care and chronic disease management.

    Using in-house proprietary developments, vendor support and other partnerships, UMass developed an algorithm that is accessible in the EHR. Data from wearable devices, images from CT scans, radiology and other sources are linked in the patient record. 


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