The state reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case in Harvard for the week ending March 23, bringing the town’s cumulative number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began to 117. During the school week starting March 22, one elementary school student and one Bromfield School student tested positive for COVID-19. Five students or staff were in quarantine because of close contact with someone with the virus.
According to the state’s weekly town-by-town vaccination report, 886 Harvard residents were fully vaccinated as of March 23, and 849 were partially vaccinated (meaning they had received only the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine). It is unclear if these numbers include Devens residents or Federal Medical Center (FMC) Devens inmates. According to Town Clerk Marlene Kenney, Harvard’s population, including Devens residents but not FMC inmates, was 5,825 on March 2, based on voter registration and the annual town census.
Statewide, COVID-19 cases were up for the third week in a row. During the week between March 23 and March 30, confirmed cases increased by 13,766, up from the previous week’s increase of 11,521. There were 230 COVID-19-related deaths during the week ending March 30, up from 223 the previous week. On March 30 the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state was 711, up from 608 a week earlier. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units also increased over that same week, from 148 to 172.
On March 30 the Bureau of Prisons website reported no active COVID-19 case among inmates or staff at the Federal Medical Center in Devens. The bureau also reported that 341 staff and 362 of the 731 current inmates were fully vaccinated as of March 30. Since the pandemic began, 383 of the current inmates have recovered, 63 staff have recovered, and 10 inmates have died.
—Compiled by Joan Eliyesil
Editor’s Note: The state is currently reporting percentages of people vaccinated by town, including age and race percentage breakdowns. The state uses federal census data for town and city populations; for Harvard, that data includes the last census count of the inmates at the Federal Medical Center in Devens. As a result, the state’s population number for the town of Harvard is about 1,100 too high, and its age and race numbers are off as well. The Boston Globe uses the state’s numbers to report vaccination rates, including by race, for each town. Those numbers are not accurate for the town of Harvard.