SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno along with city and health officials provided an update on the city’s response to the coronavirus Monday morning.
According to Mayor Sarno, Springfield currently has had a total of 6,562 COVID-19 in the city, with 675 cases in just the last week. There have also been two more deaths this week bringing the total number of deaths in Springfield to 138.
Sarno is also asking residents to not go into the Watershops Pond, which was recently been drained, as there is a high chance of getting stuck in the mud.
Mercy Medical Center currently has 18 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, four who are in the hospital’s ICU. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roose said in a statement read by Mayor Sarno that more patients are coming into their emergency room for COVID-19. Mercy continues to test patients and in the last week saw around 300 positive tests, the highest since April. Due to this, the hospital is seeing a 12 percent testing positivity rate.
As of Monday, Baystate Health is caring for 103 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, including seven in the ICU. Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack said Baystate Medical Center has 93 patients hospitalized and a total of ten patients in their other three hospitals combined. Dr. Keroack also said they have been able to test up to 1,000 people a day. He also said the last time they were over 100 hospitalized patients in the hospital for COVID-19 was in April.
Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris said the average age of hospitalized residents is 65-years-old in the Pioneer Valley. A week ago, it was 66-year-old meaning the average person infected with COVID-19 is getting younger.
According to Caulton-Harris, 73 percent of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Springfield are under the age of 50 in the last 7 days:
- 21- 30 age group: 127 cases in the last 7 days
- 11- 20 age group: 98 cases in the last 7 days
- 0-10 age group: 72 cases in the last 7 days
November 25, the day before Thanksgiving, was the highest number of positive cases in the city of Springfield, 165 cases.
Springfield’s positivity rate has moved to 8.14 percent this week and the state’s positivity rate as of Sunday is 3.57 percent.
Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi said as of Monday there are eight firefighters that have tested positive for COVID-19, none of them have been hospitalized. There are also six firefighters awaiting results due to being exposed to someone else that has tested positive.
Calvi also noted that it took over four and a half hours to free a man from the mud at Watershops Pond Sunday morning. It took a lot of man power and used a lot of resources from the fire department. Both Calvi and Sarno are asking people to please avoid the pond.
Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood noted that 26 officers are currently out due to testing positive for COVID-19. Another 13 officers are out and waiting for test results after being exposed to the virus. Massachusetts State Police are ready to assist in needed.
Superintendent of Springfield Schools Dan Warwick said MCAS tested are still planned this school year but could changed in the coming weeks.
Springfield is still listed as a high risk community for COVID-19. As of Friday there have been a total of 6,560 cases within the city, 1,387 of which were in the last 14 days.
Other things happening in the city:
- Leaf pick up is behind by a week and the city DPW will work this week to catch up
- Winter sports have been delayed to January
- Snow plow drivers are still in needed for the winter, according to the DPW
- Cyr Arena Skating Rink remains closed