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  • February 26, 2021 - Mass Live

    Officials from UMass Memorial Health Care and community leaders from Worcester are poised to answer questions about health equity and the COVID-19 vaccine during a forum Thursday morning.

    The virtual forum, moderated by MassLive reporter Melissa Hanson, is being live-streamed from the UMass Memorial Facebook page at 11 a.m.

  • February 25, 2021 - New York Times

    The serious lower leg injuries Tiger Woods sustained in a car crash on Tuesday typically lead to a long and perilous recovery, calling into question his ability to play professional golf again, according to medical experts who have treated similar injuries.

    Athletes with severe leg injuries thought to doom their careers have managed to come back — the quarterback Alex Smith returned to playing football last season after a gruesome leg break, and the golfer Ben Hogan returned decades ago after a car accident.

  • February 24, 2021 - Mass Live

    Central Massachusetts residents who have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine program will be able to get answers Thursday during a health equity forum being live-streamed by UMass Memorial Health Care.

  • February 24, 2021 - Mass Live

    Across Massachusetts, hospitals are seeing a dramatic decline in the number of COVID-19 patients as more and more residents get vaccinated and cases plummet.

  • February 24, 2021 - Spectrum News

    UMass Memorial Health Care's Mobile Vaccination team paid a visit to Worcester's Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday.

    They vaccinated nearly 40 individuals.

    Staff also visited homes of people who were unable to visit the site.

    It's part of UMass Memorial's effort to reach underserved neighborhoods.

  • February 23, 2021 - NBC 10 Boston

    Testing has always been the first line of defense in the fight against COVID-19. And experts agree that even if the latest surge in Massachusetts has eased, that’s still the case.

    “The numbers are decreasing and people are feeling safer, but this is when we need to test further,” said Dr. Kedardespande of the Metro West Medical Center in Framingham.

  • February 23, 2021 - Community Advocate

    Marlborough – If all goes according to plan, Marlborough will soon have a state vaccination site open for not only the city’s residents, but all Massachusetts citizens.

  • February 23, 2021 - Mass Live

    Dozens of people streamed through the revolving doors at the entrance of the Remillard Family Pavillion last week. Others opted for an open, more traditional doorway, just to the right to enter one of the buildings on the campus of UMass Memorial Health Care’s during the morning pedestrian commute to the hospital. 

    Like moths to light, regardless of which entrance, they converged near a woman behind a sheet of plexiglass, who offered a mask to anyone that walked by.

  • February 21, 2021 - Boston Globe

    They’ve been on the front lines of the pandemic for almost a year. They’ve battled under grueling conditions. They’ve saved lives and watched people die. And a staggering number have become sick themselves.

  • February 21, 2021 - Mass Live

    Nine patients are receiving care at the DCU Field Center Hospital — half the number as last week — as COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in Central Massachusetts.

    UMass Memorial spokesman Tony Berry said Monday that nine patients are currently at the field hospital, which recorded 18 patients last week, 31 patients in the facility the week before, and 39 patients the week before that.

  • February 19, 2021 - Mass Live

    UMass Memorial Health Care and the Clinton Senior Center worked together to bring the coronavirus vaccine to seniors in the town.

  • February 12, 2021 - Mass Live

    UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center is welcoming a four-legged, tail-wagging furry friend to its staff Friday.

    An in-residence assisted therapy dog named “Valentina” is officially becoming a full-time resident of the medical center as part of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Dogs for Joy program.

  • February 10, 2021 - Fox News

    Is the COVID-19 vaccine effective if you don’t experience a reaction after receiving it? 

    The two coronavirus vaccines have seen emergency approval in the U.S. — one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and the other by Moderna — may cause side effects after they’re administered, such as pain and swelling at the injection site, and/or fever, chills and headache, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

  • 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. 

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