SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Currently, within Baystate Health, there are 82 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 as of Sunday.

Of those numbers reported, 1 is in the critical care unit.

Positive COVID-19 cases within Baystate Health broken up by hospital:

  • Baystate Medical Center – 54 confirmed
  • Baystate Franklin Medical Center – 12 confirmed
  • Baystate Wing Hospital – 10 confirmed
  • Baystate Noble Hospital – 6 confirmed

On Friday, Baystate Health reported 71 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, 2 in the critical care unit.

Healthcare professionals believe this is credited to Spring Break vacations for colleges and schools that began around that time.

According to the State’s Health Department COVID-19 dashboard, the most recent data reports just over 38 hundred active cases in the Commonwealth. The 7-day average positivity rate is 6.63 percent at the beginning of March this number was below 2 percent. There are 17 new confirmed deaths and 567 hospitilizations.

The Omicron variant is listed as the only ‘variant of concern on the CDC.’ The strain that originated in South Africa was the source of the surge experienced here and across the country at the start of the year.

22News spoke with a local resident that works for with an older demographic and his recent experience with COVID-19. “I personally work with a lot of seniors and whenever we work around them we still try to take all the precautions to make sure they’re safe we still have the masks and all that and make sure they’re clean.” Cornel Malancea, Westfield

Despite the clear increase among patients and with cases there is an angle of optimism, fewer patients in ‘critical care.’