Latest: 2,583 positive COVID-19 cases in Springfield, 117 reported deaths

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As more businesses begin opening their doors during step two in the state’s Phase two reopening plan, Springfield Mayor Sarno along with several city leaders, has provided a COVID-19 update at City Hall.

Mayor Sarno confirmed there are now a total of 2,583 positive COVID-19 in the city of Springfield. Two more COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported, raising the toll to 117. Due to COVID-19 health guidelines, Sarno said cooling centers will not be opening, however, a plan is in the works to set up sites that will provide water. 

Hampden County itself is still ranked number one with the highest COVID-19 cases in western Massachusetts totaling 6,584.

LIST: COVID-19 case numbers in Hampden County

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

  • 20,704 tested for COVID-19
  • 1,896 tested positive (9 percent rate)
  • 18,779 tested negative (91 percent of the total tested) 
  • 228 deaths 12 percent 
  • Currently have 19 positive COVID-19 cases across healthcare systems
  • 3 COVID-19 patients in critical care
  • There are only 3 percent of patients in Baystate with COVID-19
  • There are 97 percent of patients in the hospital non-COVID-19 related
  • Protocols for entering have changed – visiting is now allowed with restrictions
  • Antibody testing beginning this week
  • Free COVID-19 testing to those who have attended large gatherings within the past couple of weeks

Dr. Robert Roose, Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Medical Center

  • Declining percentage of positive COVID-19 cases continues
  • Treated more than 700 positive cases with COVID-19
  • Discharged more than 90 percent of patients
  • Currently 6 patients with COVID-19, none in ICU
  • 15,480 total tested for COVID-19
  • 2,705 tested positive
  • Over 12,600 tested negative
  • Percentage of positive was 30 and 40 percent back in April compared to now which is 4 to 5 percent

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris

  • 6,598 total cases in Hampden County
  • 2,583 COVID-19 cases in Springfield 
  • 117 COVID related deaths 
  • Single digital of positive cases reported each day
  • Average age for COVID-19 cases is 51-year-old in Springfield
  • Average age in deaths in Springfield is 81-year-old
  • Average age for COVID-19 cases in hospitals 68-year-old
  • Reminder to continue following health guidelines as more businesses open
  • No homeless individual tested for COVID-19 have tested positive
  • COVID-19 Hotline number: 413-753-3250

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi

  • 1 employee out on COVID-19 related symptoms at the Springfield Fire Department 
  • Two fires in 5 days that started with illegal fireworks
  • Structures are damaged and injuries are caused by illegal fireworks

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood

  • Down 2 officers due to COVID-19
  • Number 1 current issue is illegal fireworks
  • People are being reported shooting off fireworks then leaving the area
  • Cameras may be installed in different locations in the city because of this issue
  • Noting license plate numbers are in the works to catch people involved in shooting up illegal fireworks
  • This action is not arrestable, however, people can be fined
  • 10 weapons seized since Friday
  • One shooting over the weekend, domestic incidents are increasing

Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Daniel Warwick

  • Summer school this year will be expanded
  • Enrichment programs will be implemented in the summer
  • Dates for summer school: July 6 to August 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Laptop provided will stay with families throughout the summer
  • Meals will continue to be distributed to families
  • 1.2 million meals have been provided thus far
  • This weekend alone over 60,000 were distributed

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