WESTFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – As of Wednesday morning, the city of Westfield has 81 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The number of cases was posted to the city’s website at 10 a.m. The city had 57 confirmed cases as of Tuesday morning. Westfield Mayor Donald Humason held a news conference with public health, the police and fire departments, and the Council on Aging to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak within the city at 11 a.m.
During the news conference, Westfield Fire announced there are five positive cases within the fire department and police announced there is one positive case within the police department that they found out about on Tuesday.
“Every case is a person, every person is a family, every family is a group and we don’t want to expose any more people in our community to this disease,” said Mayor Humason. “So I’m asking you again to stay home.”
Westfield’s Health Director said they’ve been following all CDC and DPH guidelines, and have been in close communication with state health officials. The city’s current 81 cases are not unusual for a western Massachusetts community at this point in time and expect that number to continue increasing this month.
Mayor Humason also denied rumors that the virus spread at a church service or any other public gathering setting.
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