SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno along with city health officials provided an update on the city’s response to the coronavirus Monday morning.
Mayor Sarno stated in the news conference that positive COVID-19 cases in the city of Springfield are now up to 9,720 and 957 were in the last week. Of those cases, 3,158 were in the month of December alone.
Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack, said in the news conference there are currently 158 patients in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those patients, 131 are at the hospital in Springfield, 27 are at community hospitals and 21 are in critical care units.
He added that Baystate Health is increasing the use of community hospitals as part of their surge strategy. Baystate Health is also opening a vaccine center for the Pfizer vaccine and expecting the Moderna vaccine to be delivered Monday or Tuesday. The hospital has also used all of the Pfizer doses which was over 2,000 doses.
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
As of December 17, Springfield has a total of 9,231 COVID-19 cases, 1,941 of those were in the last 14 days. Springfield is among 23 cities and towns that are now listed as a red zone, meaning those areas have seen an uptick of 25 or more COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.