SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno joined with health officials to provide a weekly update on the city’s response to the coronavirus Tuesday morning.
Sarno said in the news conference that there are now 13,716 positive cases of COVID-19 and a total of 179 deaths with 11 new deaths. The weekly total is 1,037 cases and the monthly total is 2,394.
He also said that completing the vaccination of another four-million adults over the next few months will require:
- A more robust and reliable supply of vaccines from the federal government
- The opening of more mass vaccination sites across the state, such as the one at Gillette Stadium
- Close collaboration between health systems
- The approval of additional vaccine makers that are in the final stage of clinical trials
“We look forward to these steps unfolding in the next several weeks to months in what will be one of the largest public health undertakings in our nation’s history,” said Sarno.
Mayor Sarno said that while vaccination anticipation is high, the public should refrain from calling doctor’s offices about when they can get vaccinated and instead refer to mass.gov and Governor Baker’s news briefings for such information.
Currently the Baystate Health has vaccinated over 8,000 employees and have given over 2,000 of the second dose.
According to Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer Robert Roose, there are currently 37 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 at Mercy Medical Center, 2 of whom are in the ICU.
The meeting will feature updates from the following people:
- 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 January 14, the city of Springfield has 13,098 positive cases of COVID-19, and 2,160 of those cases are within the last 14 days.