SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno joined with city and health officials to provide a weekly update on the city’s response to the coronavirus Monday morning.
Mayor Sarno announced on Monday that Springfield has had a total of 14,668 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. In the last 7 days, there was 952 cases in Springfield. There have been no new deaths in the last week, with a total of 179 deaths in Springfield.
Sarno said he expects an announcement from the Governor as early as Monday on more COVID-19 vaccines coming to Springfield and other western Massachusetts communities.
Baystate Health Update:
Baystate Health CEO and President Dr. Mark Keroack announced 143 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Baystate Health hospitals, with 109 patients in Baystate Medical Center and 34 combined in their other hospital locations. Additionally, 13 patients are in the ICU.
Dr. Keroack said they are seeing a decline of about 10 percent hospitalized numbers throughout the state.
The hospital’s testing positivity rate is currently at 6.5 percent. Dr. Keroack said this is higher than the average in the state but lower than they’ve seen in the past few weeks.
Baystate Health continues to vaccinate their employees but are now working to vaccinate employees in private practices that are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, Massachusetts is vaccinating about 12,000 people a day but Dr. Keroack said he would like to see that number get to over 50,000 a day if the state want’s to vaccinate all adults over the age of 18 in the next 100 days.
The Baystate Health vaccine site in Holyoke is able to do 1,000 vaccinations a day.
Mercy Medical Center Update:
Chief Medical Officer and Regional Chief of Mercy Medical Center Dr. Robert Roose said they are also seeing a decline in patients at the hospital.
Currently, Mercy Medical Center has 33 patients hospitalized with 4 in the ICU.
The hospital continues to vaccinate their employees. About 3,800 health care workers have received their first does and about 1,200 have received the second dose.
Starting Monday, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield has began offering COVID-19 Vaccinations for eligible community members who have made an appointment. First responders, staff and residents of congregate care facilities, as well as health care workers who are eligible under the state’s Phase 1 guidelines are now able to sign up for appointments.
Dr. Roose said they received a lot of calls of people trying to schedule an appointment on the first day and were able to schedule two weeks worth of appointments.
Dr. Robert Roose also said he would like to see higher capacity limits and more supply of the COVID-19 vaccine in western Massachusetts in the future.
Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris Update:
Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris said during the weekly update that the city is down 91 COVID-19 cases from last week.
In the last 7 days, COVID-19 cases in Springfield are broken down into the following ages:
- 0-10: 85 cases
- 11-20: 127 cases
- 21-30: 178 cases
- 31-40: 139 cases
- 41-50: 138 cases
- 51-60: 137 cases
- 61-70: 79 cases
- 71-80: 45 cases
- 81-90: 21 cases
- 91-100: 3 cases
Caulton-Harris said AMR testing in Springfield has now tested 126,185 people. Of that total, 53,953 are Springfield residents.
The City of Springfield is looking into opening two more testing sites, one at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy and another in the Mason Square neighborhood. Caulton-Harris an announcement would be made next week on those sites.
Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi said 11 Springfield Fire Department employees were out with COVID-19 and 30 more members are waiting for test results.
Calvi is also reminding residents to stay off the ice and it is still too early to go out.
Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said a total of 14 employees of the Springfield Police Department were out due to COVID-19 and two others were awaiting test results.
Clapprood said the current cadet class is aiming to graduate on April 2nd.