SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield city officials joined with health officials Tuesday morning to provide an update on the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Springfield has a total of 20,884 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Springfield is still listed in the red zone as a high-risk community for the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Sarno said it is critical that all residents continue to follow CDC public health guidelines.
Mercy Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Roose added that while there has been great progress in the region’s vaccination efforts, widespread infections and emerging variants around the world are still cause for local concern, “And we must remember that if we do not suppress or eliminate the virus everywhere, it will resurface and could rebound anywhere.”
Dr. Roose said the public should remain cognizant of trends happening around the globe.
Mayor Sarno joined with 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