Corrected and updated Dec. 15, 2021, 12 p.m.
The state reported 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Harvard for the week ending Jan. 12, which brought the town’s cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began to 84. To date, the Press has verified that two residents and two residents who moved away from Harvard just before the pandemic began died of complications from COVID-19..
Statewide, during the week between Jan. 5 and Jan. 12, confirmed cases increased by 42,841, far higher than the previous week’s increase of 33,210. There were 532 COVID-19-related deaths during the week ending Jan. 12, up from 506 the previous week.
On Jan. 11 the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state was 2,219, down from 2,428 a week earlier, but the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units increased from 425 to 451. Locally, 20 patients were hospitalized with the virus at Emerson Hospital on Jan. 11, one of whom was in intensive care.
In the week ending Jan. 12, the Bureau of Prisons website reported 95 active COVID-19 cases among inmates at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, down from 266 the previous week, but the number of active cases among staff increased from 11 to 19. Three more inmates died of complications from COVID-19 in the week between Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. The ages of the men, all described as having long-term, preexisting medical conditions, were 65, 73, and 78. Since the pandemic began, 270 inmates have recovered, 40 staff have recovered, and seven inmates died, five in the past month.
Editor’s Note: This article contains updated information from the state’s COVID-19 Response Reporting website.