Springfield city leaders to provide weekly COVID-19 update

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As businesses across the state begin to re-open, Springfield Mayor Sarno along with several city leaders will provide a COVID-19 update Tuesday morning at City Hall.

Mayor Sarno has confirmed there is a total of 2,261 positive cases of COVID-19 in the city. Friday there were 43 new cases, Saturday 28, Sunday 21, and Monday, 21 new cases. As of May 20, there have been 92 deaths reported in Springfield. 187 homeless people were tested for the coronavirus and only 9 tested positive. Sarno added there is a high need for thermal/infrared thermometer donations.

Nancy Shendell-Falik, President Baystate Medical Center & Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations, Baystate Health

  • Recent decline in positive COVID-19 cases since March 
  • Currently, there are 63 positive cases at Baystate health 
  • 19 in critical care at Baystate Health
  • 66 patients in total across all Baystate Health systems
  • Data makes up 12 percent of COVID-19 patients in the hospital 
  • Over 100 patients are in clinical trials for COVID-19 treatment
  • Anti-body testing in progress
  • June 1, testing will begin at foster homes
  • Approaching 500 “Code Rockys” – discharge of a patient

Dr. Robert Roose, chief medical officer at Mercy Medical Center

  • 20 new cases suspected of COVID-19 Tuesday morning
  • 6 patients currently in intensive care
  • 3 weeks of steady declines
  • Over 10,500 have been tested for COVID-19
  • 2,409 tested positive 
  • Nearly 8,000 tested negative 
  • Average of 10 positive test per day 
  • Antibody testing has officially begun at Mercy and Trinity Medical Center

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris

  • 93,271 total COVID -19 cases in Massachusetts
  • 5,755 total cases in Hampden County
  • 2,261 total cases in Springfield 
  • 39.3 percent of Springfield cases make up Hampden County
  • 92 death’s reported in Springfield
  • 1,384 locations in Springfield have reported positive cases
  • 01104 zip code represents a HIGH number of positive cases

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood

  • Down 6 officers COVID -19 related
  • Department has been volunteering in local organizations to give back to the community during the pandemic
  • No violations issued for not wearing masks thus far

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi

  • Several fires reported this weekend, careless disposal of flammable materials 
  • Numerous call for illegal outside burning over the weekend
  • Three people out awaiting testing for COVID -19 
  • Others who have tested positive have returned to the department 

Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Daniel Warwick

  • 93,736 meals were distributed Friday due to closure on Monday
  • Over 1 million meals in total have been distributed since the pandemic
  • Summer remote programs will be offered 
  • First two weeks of June, Springfield high schools will graduate and will be streamed live the city’s cable channel
  • Over 17,000 laptops have been distributed to families

“Out of an abundance of caution due to the current public health emergency and the evolving concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), my administration will continue to hold these Monday morning situational update meetings for the media and for the public to view via live stream on our social media presence indefinitely until further notice. 

I will continue to have our dedicated city team and medical experts, keep you updated on what has or has not occurred and what we are proactively doing about it.  As my administration has done before with prior challenges and just as important – we will get through this together and for the better as one.  May God Bless you and your families.”

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno

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