SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield city officials and health officials provided an update on the city’s response to COVID-19 Monday morning.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced 414 new cases of COVID-19 in Springfield this week, with a total of 17,756 cases. There was also 7 new deaths in the last 7 days, for a total of 218 deaths in the city.
Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack:
Baystate Health is currently caring for 78 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 as of Monday. Seven of those are ICU patients.
The hospital’s test positivity rate is currently 3.02 percent.
Dr. Keroack said the hospital would like to keep their vaccines to one brand to avoid mix ups and confusion to staff and patients.
Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer and Regional Chief, Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services Dr. Robert Roose:
Mercy Medical Center saw an increase in cases last week but those numbers did go down this week. As of Monday, Dr. Roose reported 19 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 at the hospital, along with 4 ICU patients.
Mercy Medical Center has vaccinated a total of 8,500 with a first dose and 3,500 with both doses. Last week, they received about 1,100 COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Roose said the hospital has not been told yet if they will receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
He also mentioned that according to state numbers, only 5 percent of Hampden County has been fully vaccinated so far.
Dr. Keroack and Dr. Roose both mentioned the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Monday’s update. They highlighted the fact that it was tested in several countries across the world and while it may not be as effective as Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, it has been very effective in reducing the severe symptoms of the virus.
Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris:
Caulton-Harris said in the new COVID-19 cases this week, the ages were as following:
- Ages 0-10 – 44 cases
- Ages 11-20 – 84 cases
- Ages 21-30 – 68 cases
- Ages 31-40 – 16 cases
- Ages 41-50 – 49 cases
- Ages 51-60 – 51 cases
- Ages 61-70 – 32 cases
- Ages 71-80 – 18 cases
- Ages 81-90 – 8 cases
Testing continues in Springfield at the Eastfield Mall and several other locations in the city.
Testing sites located at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, John F. Kennedy Middle School, and Mason Square will continue to open for testing. All of these locations will be reviewed in a few weeks to see if they should remain open. If the number of people getting tested is low then the sites will close until needed.
Mayor Sarno was joined by the following people for the meeting:
- 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
Springfield is still considered a high risk community meaning more than 25 COVID-19 cases were reported in those areas within the last two weeks.