SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Sarno along with health officials provided a COVID-19 update Monday morning at Springfield City Hall.

Mayor Sarno stated the trend continues to be good within the city of Springfield. This weekend we had single-digit case reportings – Friday 5 new cases, Saturday 5, and Sunday 7. Sarno added there is now a total of 2,804 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and 126 deaths.

Cooling centers are open until Tuesday while our state undergoes its third heatwave. Residents who are looking for a cooling center should keep in mind face coverings are required and your temperature will be taken before entering any of the centers.

Dr. Mark Keroack, President and CEO of Baystate Health:

  • Employees and patients identified with positive COVID-19 on non-COVID-19 floors
  • Contact tracing is occurring within the facility
  • 13 positive COVID-19 patients 
  • 23 employees tested positive for COVID-19
  • The cause of the outbreak involves an employee who recently traveled to a hot spot and later tested positive for COVID-19

Dr. Robert Roose, chief medical officer at Mercy Medical Center:

  • 2 COVID-19 patients within the facility 
  • No COVID-19 related patients in ICU
  • Over 25,000 COVID-19 tests performed
  • Over 22,000 tests results are negative
  • Positive rate remains between 1 and 2 percent 
  • No more than 5 cases reported a day at Mercy

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris:

  • 108,107 confirmed COVID-19 cases in MA
  • Hampden County has 7,259 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Springfield has 2,804 confirmed COVID-19 cases which makes up 38.62 percent of Hampden County
  • 126 reported deaths in Springfield which makes up 18.44 percent in Hampden
  • Residents should continue to follow health guidelines to help maintain a steady flow of COVID-19 cases
  • Any individual or local group entity who hosts unauthorized events will be shut down permanently

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi:

  • No firefighters out on COVID-19 
  • Arrest made in the Hancock Street Fire over the weekend
  • The fire left 16 residents homeless
  • Residents are encouraged to stay hydrated as temperatures continue to rise
  • The use of extension cords, ACs, and other electrical products should be used with caution

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood:

  • No officers out on COVID-19
  • A homicide occurred over the weekend in the downtown area – under investigation