Corrected and updated Feb. 19, 2021, 2 p.m.
The state reported four new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Harvard for the week ending Feb. 9 and no cases for the week ending Feb. 16. The town’s cumulative number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began is now 105. Testing in Harvard’s schools resulted in no new cases for the week of Feb. 8. No testing was done in the schools for the week of Feb. 15 because of school vacation week.
Statewide, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all down. During the week between Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, confirmed cases increased by 12,577, down from the previous week’s increase of 16,747. There were 436 COVID-19-related deaths during the week ending Feb. 16, down from 459 the previous week.
On Feb. 15 the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state was 1,096, down from 1,401 a week earlier. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units also dropped over that week, from 324 to 275.
On Feb. 16, the Bureau of Prisons website reported seven active COVID-19 cases among inmates at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, down from 11 a week earlier. The number of active cases among staff remained at nine for the second week in a row. On Feb. 10, a 63-year-old inmate with preexisting medical conditions died of complications from COVID-19, which he contracted late last year during an outbreak at the facility. Since the pandemic began, 382 of the current inmates have recovered, 54 staff have recovered, and 10 inmates have died.
—Compiled by Joan Eliyesil
Editor’s Note: This article contains updated information from the state’s COVID-19 Response Reporting website.