LIST: COVID-19 updates in Springfield

Coronavirus Local Impact

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Sarno along with Springfield officials provided a weekly COVID-19 update Monday morning.

Mayor Sarno stated 11 residents in Springfield have passed away from the coronavirus and as of Monday, there are 797 confirmed cases in the city. Homeless COVID-19 testing will begin on Wednesday Sarno added and donations of thermal infrared thermometers were received.

Dr. Mark Keroack, CEO of Baystate Health

  • 794 tested positive by Baystate 
  • 2,820 tested negative by Baystate 
  • Data shows flat and stable results 
  • 141 are currently hospitalized 
  • 19 in critical care
  • Over 70% discharge rate, the success rate has improved
  • Less than 50% of their field surge capacity 
  • Possible cases decreasing across western Massachusetts
  • Springfield “hot spots” include nursing facilities and areas where there are crowded homes 
  • You are advised to go to the hospital when experiencing any medical emergency. It is unsafe to fear to go to the hospital because of COVID-19
  • Baystate testing has expanded to Springfield, Westfield, Greenfield, and Ware
  • Testing any patients with referrals from your care provider is now available 
  • Continue practicing social distancing, washing hands, staying home when sick

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

  • 3,257 people were tested for COVID-19 
  • 1,776 tested positive 
  • 2,222 tested negative 
  • 67 pending results 
  • The number of cases at Mercy has decreased 
  • Operating about 40% of surge capacity in the facility 
  • Plenty of beds available
  • Treated more than 300 patients for were confirmed COVID-19 so far 
  • Engaging in research to ensure patients are receiving the latest medical care
  • PPE has been provided for staff members to help protect them from the virus 
  • Continue to test those who show any symptoms to track the virus as early as possible

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris

  • A public health advocate has passed away in NY this past week
  • 541 COVID cases reported last week, 797 as of Sunday 
  • A total of 1,706 deaths in the state of Massachusetts 
  • All zip codes are represented in positive COVID-19 cases in Springfield
  • People living together and don’t have to the ability to social distance is a factor of increasing cases
  • A total of 884 deaths have been reported in nursing homes and longterm care facilities combined 
  • On Wednesday: Homeless testing will begin with the women’s facility first then men’s residents, and lastly larger facilities 
  • When you receive a call of contact tracing, you are asked to provide accurate answers
Clustered areas of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Springfield

Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Daniel Warwick

  • As of Friday, 260,000 meals have been distributed to 17 different sites
  • Over 17,000 computers have been distributed to families 
  • May 4th is a scheduled return date for students
  • Contact your local school to have a computer-delivered or pick up 

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood

  • Down 10 officers due to COVID-19 related illnesses
  • 11 officers are now back to duty 
  • 1 officer is still pending results 
  • At one point there were 16 positives however, cases have been stable in the department 
  • The way the department responds to medical calls have changed
  • National guards are still assisting along with state police providing back up 
  • 5 officers who were suspended have been brought back but are still facing criminal charges

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi

  • Down 4 crew members due to COVID-19 related illnesses
  • Of the 4, 1 has tested positive from exposure off duty 
  • Very low data in comparison to other departments in the state

DPW is down 2 crew members that are pending COVID-19 results. Patrick Sullivan, Springfield’s executive director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management has announced protocols necessary to re-open the city is in the works. He also added high tech hand-held machines have been ordered to help clean facilities efficiently.

“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.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno

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