SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – City officials and health officials in Springfield provided an update on the city’s response to COVID-19 Monday morning.
New infections are down slightly in Massachusetts with an average of 2,000 new cases and eight deaths per day. Hospitalizations have flattened with about 700 patients and the state is seeing a positivity rate of 2.2 percent.
Even with numbers going down in some parts of the state, Hampden County is among the top communities seeing a surge in cases
“The areas in the state that are surging are most importantly the Cape Ann islands, the South Shore, the Merrimack Valley, and sadly, Hampden County. Hampden County is number 3 in new cases and is rising slightly,” Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack said.
Dr. Keroack added that the peak age group across the state for new cases is in the 20 to 40 range which he says indicates the under-vaccination of that group.
Mayor Domenic Sarno joined with the following people at 10:15 a.m.:
- Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris
- Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick
- City Solicitor Ed Pikula
- Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood
- Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi
- Director of Human Resources William Mahoney
- CAFO TJ Plante; Executive Director of PBRM Patrick Sullivan
- DPW Director Chris Cignoli
- CDO Tim Sheehan
- Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack
- Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer and Regional Chief, Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services Dr. Robert Roose
As of Thursday April 8, Springfield has a total of 19,659 positive COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Springfield is listed as a high risk community with a total of 976 cases in the past two weeks.