Corrected and updated
The state reported six new COVID-19 cases in Harvard for the week ending April 30, the same number of cases reported the previous week, bringing the town’s cumulative number of state-reported cases since the pandemic began to 611. For the week beginning May 9, Harvard Public Schools reported 49 students out with COVID-19, 35 at Hildreth Elementary School and 14 at Bromfield. Nine staff were out with COVID-19.
Between May 3 and May 9, the state reported 22,731 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, up from 18,288 new cases the previous week. On May 9, there were 702 hospitalizations reported, 168 more than a week earlier, and the number of ICU patients increased from 44 to 56 during the week ending May 9. The state reported 66 deaths during that same week, 23 more than the previous week.
The percentage of the 5,373 Harvard residents eligible for the vaccine (5 and older) and fully vaccinated as of May 3 increased slightly from the previous week to 86.6%. The partially vaccinated percentage remained at 9.3%. For the week ending May 3, six more residents received a booster dose, bringing the total number of residents with at least one booster to 3,160. Vaccination numbers in the state report for Harvard do not include Devens residents or inmates at its Federal Medical Center.
On May 10 the Federal Bureau of Prisons website reported no new COVID-19 cases among inmates at the Federal Medical Center in Devens for the second week in a row. There were three cases among staff, the same number of cases as the previous week. Since the pandemic began, 379 of the current inmates and 192 staff have recovered from COVID-19; 13 inmates died of the virus.
Note that case numbers reported by the state do not include people who only tested positive with an at-home test.
Editor's note: This article has been corrected and updated with information that was not included in the print version.