SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Domenic Sarno and city health officials held their weekly COVID-19 update meeting to discuss the city’s response to the coronavirus Monday morning.
The city of Springfield has been listed as a high risk community for COVID-19 for the past four weeks.
Sarno said in the news conference, that Springfield is in a “very dangerous time right now,” with the city’s testing rate hovering near 10-percent.
He also noted an increase in cases over the weekend with numbers he says have not been seen since May. Mayor Sarno is urging all residents, especially young people, to take the virus seriously.
“It is getting very disheartening to see so many young people, young kids, and young adults, not wearing masks.”
Sarno said the uptick of COVID-19 cases that Springfield is experiencing has shifted the demographic; 76 percent of those cases are under 50 years old and 39 percent are under 30 years old. On Friday there were 51 confirmed cases, 33 on Saturday, 31 on Sunday for a total of 3,865 COVID-19 cases in Springfield, and 115 cases just over the weekend.
During the mayor’s press conference, local health experts told 22News businesses shouldn’t have to worry about a potential lockdown or scale back on their reopening process just yet, mostly due to contact tracing.
“In conversations we’ve had here over the last few weeks, it appears the large numbers of infections and areas there have been clusters have been private gatherings, not institutions or establishments,” said Dr. Robert Roose, Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Medical Center.
As of Thursday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health data map shows Springfield had 260 cases in the last two weeks.