The state reported nine new COVID-19 cases in Harvard for the week ending Nov. 6, bringing the town’s cumulative number of confirmed cases to 210. For the week beginning Nov. 8, the Harvard Public Schools reported four students absent with COVID-19, 10 students in quarantine, and two staff members who were either in quarantine or had contracted the virus.
According to the state’s weekly vaccination report, 4,159 residents in Harvard were fully vaccinated as of Nov. 9, up 29 from Nov. 2. Another 554 had received one dose of a two-dose vaccine, 110 more than on Nov. 2. Using the town clerk’s Nov. 8 population data, the percentage of Harvard residents eligible for the vaccine (5 and older) and fully vaccinated as of Nov. 9 is 77%. The partially vaccinated percentage jumped from 8% last week to 13% this week due to the recent eligibility of the 5-12 age cohort. These numbers do not include Devens residents or inmates at its Federal Medical Center.
Statewide, between Nov. 8 and Nov. 15, confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 12,549, higher than the previous week’s increase of 10,976. As of Nov. 15, 599 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 statewide, up from 515 a week earlier; 124 patients were in ICUs, 19 less than the previous week. There were 87 COVID-related deaths between Nov. 8 and Nov. 15, down from 111 the previous week.
On Nov. 16 the Federal Bureau of Prisons website reported two active cases among inmates at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, one fewer than the previous week. There were 10 active cases among staff there, three more than the previous week. As of Nov. 16, 821 of the facility’s 861 inmates had been fully vaccinated, as had 425 staff members, 20 more than the previous week. A federal mandate requires government workers, including Bureau of Prisons staff, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 22 unless they have a religious or qualified medical exemption. Since the pandemic began, 340 of the current inmates and 78 staff have recovered from COVID-19; 13 inmates died of the virus.