Palmer and Monson are back in the red zone for COVID-19 risk

Hampden County

PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – Some say we are nearing the end of this pandemic, but the fight is still far from over.

Coronavirus has pushed back in Massachusetts, a state that saw a spike in red communities, going from 20 to 32 in the last week.

From Tuesday to Wednesday, Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer went from 7 to 11 COVID-19 patients
and this comes as Palmer, Monson and Lee join Chicopee and Southwick as the only western Massachusetts red communities.

Going back into the red is concerning for Palmer businesses, that have overcome a lot, just to get to this point.

“We’ve been in business since July of 2001 and we’ve never seen anything this bad before,” said Fabio Montefusco, Kitchen Manager of Apollo Pizzeria Restaurant. “But we are doing the best we can, that’s it. We just have to adapt to what the world brings us these days.”

Health officials are urging residents to double down on mask wearing, and social distancing, to stop the spread and evolution of the virus.

“Whatever decision you make right now, is also a decision that affects the people around you,” said Dr. Armando Paez, Chief of Baystate Medical Center’s Infectious Diseases Division. “If you let it slide, and let the variants become the dominant strain that’s circulating, there’s a chance the vaccines may not work.”

Dr. Paez also said recent data indicates that the virus is spreading more through younger residents.

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