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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%


  • July 23, 2021 - WCVB-Channel 5

    Dr. Robert Finberg, of UMass Medical School, answers questions on the booster timeline and vaccines and precautions as students head to campus.


  • July 21, 2021 - WBZ-TV4 CBS

    More than 5,000 breakthrough COVID infections have been reported in Massachusetts, according to the latest Department of Public Health data. But the rate of fully vaccinated people ending up in the hospital remains low.

  • July 16, 2021 - Mass Live

    Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Worcester Health Commissioner Dr. Matilde “Mattie” Castiel has been out in communities of color, seeing a disproportionate effect from the virus.

    The commissioner has been trying to get the vaccine out to residents, but the toll of the pandemic is still visible as some remain hesitant to inoculation.


  • July 16, 2021 - STAT

    In the weeks that followed the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, doctors saw a flood of patients with a common injury: a ruptured eardrum.

    Ruptured eardrums aren’t rare — patients with chronic ear infections or some traumatic injury often develop them. But the influx of cases made it clear to otolaryngologist Aaron Remenschneider, at the time a resident at specialty hospital Massachusetts Eye and Ear, that the standard surgical technique of using a graft to patch up the injury could use an upgrade.

  • July 15, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    As COVID-19 cases rise and the delta variant makes its way into the state, UMass Memorial Medical Center on Thursday unveiled a new weapon in the fight against the pandemic: monoclonal antibody treatment.

    “We hope as few patients as possible will need this facility, but if they do, we will be ready,” said Dr. Michael Gustafson, president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, at the unveiling of the treatment trailer, which is parked at the Hahnemann campus. 

  • July 13, 2021 - Sentinel & Enterprise

    UMass Memorial Health — HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital recently invested $717,000 to fund community-based initiatives aimed at tackling the urgent health challenges of food insecurity, substance abuse and workforce development, according to a press release from the hospital.

    To date, the hospital has committed more than $820,000 in resources, including emergency COVID-19 response funding, according to the hospital.

  • July 12, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    Alliteratively, they’re a great match. But parades and pandemics have a troubled history. In September 1918, a parade in Philadelphia helped fuel a surge in the influenza pandemic that year that killed thousands.

    Mass illness is not a concern this July Fourth Weekend in much of New England, where a few parades took place, including in Hopkinton, where the town held its annual Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Maspenock.

  • July 8, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    The UMass Memorial Health vaccination site at Mercantile Center has closed after recording 32,654 COVID-19 vaccinations.

  • July 6, 2021 - Community Advocate

    As some neighboring communities soar ahead of the state average, Marlborough and Hudson are still keeping pace in the ongoing push to vaccinate as many residents as possible against COVID-19, state data shows.

    As of June 29, Hudson, Marlborough, Grafton and Shrewsbury all had similar rates, with 69 percent, 67 percent, 66 percent and 71 percent of residents, respectively, being fully vaccinated. In Northborough, Southborough and Westborough the rates were, in order, 87 percent, 84 percent and 87 percent.

  • July 5, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    Ten years ago, William Lee, 77, underwent a liver transplant at UMass Memorial Medical Center, as he was suffering from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer. 

    Ten years later, at 87, Lee has continued to live a healthy life with his family.

  • July 1, 2021 - Mass Live

    On Thursday, Harrington HealthCare System officially became a part of the UMass Memorial Health system, a partnership that officials have said will strengthen health care in Central Massachusetts.

  • July 1, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health on Thursday celebrated the official merger with Harrington HealthCare, which has operations in Southbridge and Webster, as well as other outposts.

    Thursday, July 1, officially marked what the healthcare provider called the beginning of the UMass Memorial Health-Harrington era.

    A celebration including several VIPs, including Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, took place Thursday morning in Southbridge.

  • June 11, 2021 - Becker Hospital Review

    As businesses lift mask mandates for fully vaccinated consumers, the healthcare industry has been untouched. As COVID-19 infection rates drop and vaccinations plateau, hospital leaders are determining what their mask mandates' next move is.

  • June 11, 2021 - Spectrum News

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is holding an emergency meeting on June 18 due to an increased number of cases of heart inflammation following COVID-19 vaccinations. 

    According to the CDC, there have been 226 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in people younger than 30, especially young men. 

    UMass Medical School Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. John Dickey, says at UMass Memorial Health theyv'e had seven patients hospitalized with mild symptoms, but all were released and seem to be making full recoveries.

  • June 9, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health – Marlborough Hospital has been awarded a grant from the Cummings Foundation of $300,000 over 10 years.

    “We plan to use these funds to provide resource connections and culturally sensitive educational programs for at-risk individuals and families living in the community,” Steve Roach, president of UMass Memorial Health – Marlborough Hospital, said in a release.

  • June 9, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    A blood shortage around the country, following a decline in blood donations over the Memorial Day weekend, is impacting UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

    In an email sent by Chief Medical Officer Andy Karson and Chief Nursing Officer Justin Precourt last Friday, they reported the hospital is seeing a large reduction in the supply of Type O and Type B blood. In the email, they said they expect this to be remedied sometime this week, but until then there are critical measures the hospital is taking to ensure it has enough blood for lifesaving care.

  • June 2, 2021 - Community Advocate

    Through a collaborative effort between the school district, the Board of Health and UMass-Marlborough Hospital staff, students over the age of 12, with parental consent, are being vaccinated against COVID-19 during the school day at both Marlborough’s high school and at the middle school.  

  • May 12, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health of Worcester announced on Tuesday it helped create a new TeamBirth partnership with Wellesley insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Boston health center Ariadne Labs to launch a new initiative at the UMass hospitals in Leominster and Worcester, aimed at improving maternal health and birth outcomes.

    The TeamBirth process will initially launch in May at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital in Leominster and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. The results of this effort will be used to establish a standard of care for all of New England.

  • May 12, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    What hasn’t Eric W. Dickson done in the past year to show his influence as the leader of the largest employer in Central Mass., with 14,000 workers?

    Early during the coronavirus pandemic, he pledged no layoffs or furloughs despite the financial hit to UMass Memorial. He gave $500 bonuses to caregivers, was on the forefront of local business leaders in touting the importance of diversity, equity & inclusion, donated his salary during the initial peak for employee assistance, and enrolled in an early COVID-19 vaccine study to prove his confidence in the science.

  • May 7, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health, the largest healthcare provider in Central Massachusetts, on Friday confirmed it is starting its own health insurance division.

    The insurance company -- called Central Mass Health LLC -- will be organized under the UMass Memorial Health Ventures umbrella, which is for all the non-hospital aspects of the UMass Memorial system.


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