After worrying wastewater reading, COVID-19 numbers in Worcester stay constant

WORCESTER — After a high reading of COVID-19 in Central Massachusetts wastewater sparked monitoring by the city, new readings and new coronavirus cases remained at the plateau they have been for about five weeks. 

New COVID numbers remain static as the city unrolls new booster shots that protect against contagious omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. Health officials have stressed that residents should get the booster to remain protected from COVID-19.

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On Friday, the Worcester Department of Public Health reported that the city’s seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases stood at 33.4, a rise in about .5 cases a day from the week before. 

City health officials encourage residents to wear face coverings, stay up to date on vaccines and booster shots, and get tested when exhibiting symptoms.