Mayor Sarno: Nearly 3,000 coronavirus cases in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno provided a weekly COVID-19 situational update Monday morning at Springfield City Hall.

Mayor Sarno stated in the news conference there are now a total of 2,941 positive cases of COVID-19 in Springfield.

Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack said there are now 14 patients with COVID-19 at Baystate Medical Center, one of whom is in the ICU. He also said there is one patient at Baystate Noble Hospital bringing the total to 15 patients within the health system.

As of Monday, there are four positive COVID-19 patients at Mercy Medical Center according to Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer and Regional Chief, Addiction Medicine, and Recovery Services Dr. Robert Roose.

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris said over the last week 432 additional Springfield residents have been tested for COVID-19.

Keroack said he expects the flu season to be mild this year because of the precautions put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. He said if we were wearing masks and protecting ourselves like this every flu season there would be a lot fewer flu cases. Caulton-Harris added that she isn’t sure if it will be a mild flu season because nobody knows what this flu season will look like since there has never been the flu alongside COVID-19.

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

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 Sunday there are 303 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, bringing the total number of confirmed cases statewide to 114,398.

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