WORCESTER (CBS) — The city of Worcester is advising residents to wear masks indoors as COVID cases surge in the city.
“With the number of new positive COVID-19 cases reaching their highest point since February and increasing levels of COVID-19 in regional wastewater, city health officials today issued an advisory strongly encouraging residents to wear masks when indoors and around others,” a statement said Friday.READ MORE: Man killed during police shooting at Space Force Station in New Hampshire
Residents should also get the vaccines and boosters they are eligible for.
“Certainly indoor situations merit consideration for putting a good, well-fitting mask on,” Worcester Medical Director Dr. Michael Hirsh told WBZ-TV.”READ MORE: Boston area gets a glimpse of 'super flower blood moon' lunar eclipse
Some residents and visitors to the city said they were glad the decision to wear a mask was still in their hands, as opposed to a mandate.
“It should be your option to wear a mask if you feel comfortable,” Chris Bellino, of Marlboro, said.
COVID cases in Worcester have been rising since March 12. The seven-day daily average of new positive COVID-19 cases has risen to 128.9. Hospitalizations at the city’s hospitals have also increased, there are currently 72 COVID-19-positive inpatients, 11 are in intensive care.MORE NEWS: Brookline teachers go on strike, schools closed Monday
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) elevated Worcester County’s community risk level to high.