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  • January 9, 2022 - CNN

    Worcester, Massachusetts (CNN) - An incoming tide of patients is slowly drowning UMass Memorial Medical Center, and the US military's National Guard is working to plug the gaps. In wave after daily wave, the emergency crews pull up to the ambulance bay, dropping off patients for which there is no room.

    "It's just the perfect storm for a nightmare here in the emergency department," says Dr. Eric Dickson, the CEO of the hospital and an emergency physician.

  • January 7, 2022 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson is pleading with his team leaders to voluntarily redeploy administrative staff to support the system’s coronavirus testing sites at the Mercantile Center in Worcester and the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, according to an internal memo circulated mid-afternoon on Friday.

  • January 7, 2022 - Boston 25 News

    WORCESTER, Mass. — A COVID-19 testing site in Worcester made an emergency call for staffing help Friday night

    The UMass Memorial Health President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson said the Mercantile Center in Worcester and the testing site at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, both need more workers to help run the operations.

  • January 7, 2022 - WCVB

    WORCESTER, Mass. — Massachusetts health care workers are exhausted as they try to navigate the unprecedented number of COVID-19 cases fueled by the omicron surge.

    It's one reason why Dr. Eric Dickson, chief executive at UMass Memorial Health in Worcester left his office, put on protective gear, and got to work.

  • January 5, 2022 - Newsweek

    Hospital officials in Massachusetts are warning that intensive care unit (ICU) beds are nearing capacity as the state's positivity rate nearly doubled in a week due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

    "I was searching for an ICU bed for one of our patients, and every single facility is full. They are at full capacity. They have no ICU beds left," Dr. Melisa Lai-Becker, the medical director for the emergency department at Cambridge Health Alliance's Everett Hospital, told WGBH on Monday.

  • January 5, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — Wednesday marked a grim record in the city's ongoing battle with COVID-19.

    With 3,513 new cases since last week's press conference, the city is shattering records for transmission.

  • January 5, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - In just one week, the City of Worcester has reported its highest one day increase, one week increase and seven-day average of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

    Since last week, Worcester reports 3,513 new confirmed positive cases, adding to the city’s total of 38,342 cases since March 2020. On Wednesday alone, the city reported 1,094 new cases. 

  • January 4, 2022 - GBH

    Dr. Melisa Lai-Becker, the medical director for the emergency department at Cambridge Health Alliance's Everett Hospital, spent much of Monday afternoon urgently calling hospitals all over the state.

    "I was searching for an ICU [intensive care unit] bed for one of our patients, and every single facility is full," she said. "They are at full capacity. They have no ICU beds left."

  • January 4, 2022 - MassLive

    The website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes scores of bullet points and lists on how best to protect friends and family from COVID-19.

    Regardless of the tab or sections, the information boils down to the same thing: get vaccinated.

  • January 4, 2022 - Boston Business Journal

    “I think it’s the right move,” said Dr. Eric Dickson, CEO of UMass Memorial Health. “I support their decision. And we are actively considering it …. Once we’re through this latest surge — the worst of the three — we will likely follow suit.”

  • January 3, 2022 - WCVB

    WORCESTER, Mass. — Hundreds of people in Massachusetts waited for hours outside in the cold in order to receive a COVID-19 test following the New Year's holiday weekend.

    Sky5 was able to capture the long, snaking line that formed outside the Mercantile Center in Worcester on Monday.

  • January 3, 2022 - Boston Herald

    Bay Staters are having their patience tested to kick off the year as thousands of people on Monday waited in massive lines — some shivering in the bitter cold for hours — to get tested for COVID amid the omicron surge.

    As sites get overwhelmed following the holidays, local officials are pleading with Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to add more locations to address the coronavirus testing “log jam.”

  • January 3, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Monday marked another day of long lines at the Mercantile Center COVID-19 testing site in downtown Worcester.

    Hundreds of people lined up to get tested following the holiday season, including 250 people tested in the first hour the clinic was open on Monday.

  • January 3, 2022 - CBS Boston

    WORCESTER (CBS) – The president of UMass Memorial Health Care says this month is going to be “rough” for hospitals in the state.

    Dr. Eric Dickson told WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager Monday that the “crunch time” for this latest surge of COVID-19 will be in the next two weeks. He said the positivity rates are so high because the Omicron variant is a “hyper-infectious virus.”

  • January 1, 2022 - Providence Business News

    “Patients like being in their home, where they’re happier and sleeping in their own beds, surrounded by loved ones, their favorite cat and TV,” said Dr. Taki Michaelidis, medical director of the program at UMass Memorial Health. “In your home environment, you just recover better.”

  • January 1, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — When Ashley Rivera chooses names for her children, she tries to pick something unique.

    "I pick names that will make them stand out in the world," she said.

  • December 29, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    WORCESTER — The president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health in Worcester says hospitals in central Massachusetts and across the state are dealing with a surge in COVID-19 cases that is only expected to get worse in the weeks ahead.

    Dr. Eric Dickson told Boston 25 Morning News on Wednesday that the UMass Memorial trauma center “is running at about 110 percent of its bed capacity. That means of the 400 beds that exist for med/surgical purposes, we have 440 patients that need them, so we have 40 patients waiting in the emergency department for beds.”

  • December 31, 2021 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - It was another busy day of COVID-19 testing at the Mercantile Center in downtown Worcester on Thursday.

    Hundreds of people lined up to get tested before New Year’s Eve. 

  • December 30, 2021 - MassLive

    As a result of a surge in new COVID-19 cases in Worcester, UMass Memorial Health is increasing the number of days it will provide free testing at the Mercantile Center in Worcester.

    On Wednesday city officials announced that UMass will begin offering free COVID testing four days next week.

  • December 29, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    "In my 30 years working there, we have never been as busy at UMass as we have in the last month," Dr. Richard T. Ellison, UMass Memorial Health infectious disease expert, said. "We've had to open up surge spaces to take care of patients and we're trying to expand further locations in the hospital for next week.

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