SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Sarno along with health officials provided a COVID-19 update Monday morning at City Hall.
Mayor Sarno said in the news conference that this weekend was the first since the pandemic began where cases were in the single digits. There were four cases on Friday one on Saturday and three on Sunday bringing the total of cases to 2,973. He also said there are now a total of 131 COVID-19 related deaths in Springfield.
Both Baystate Medical Center and Mercy are seeing positive test rates hovering around one percent. Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack said Massachusetts is doing “very well” containing the virus. Mercy Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Robert Roose added that now is not the time to let up and said everyone should continue wearing masks, washing their hands and social distancing.
Keroack said there are 17 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 as of Monday, two of whom are in critical care units.
Mayor Sarno also talked about the Beauregard & Schiavina Park in Springfield being defaced over the weekend. The memorial was defaced with painted graffiti that read, “ACAB,” which stands for “all cops are bast***s,” and “FTP,” which means “f*** the police.” Sarno stated that the vandalism was “absolutely terrible” and “disheartening” and said the city is working to clean it up as soon as possible.
Sarno was joined by 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 August 19, Springfield had a total of 3,175 positive cases of COVID-19 and is at moderate risk on the COVID-19 map.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sarno has been holding these meetings since the beginning of the public health emergency and will continue to hold them until further notice.
State public health officials reported Saturday there are 109 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, bringing the total number of confirmed cases statewide to 115,850.