SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and health officials held a news conference Monday morning providing an update on the city’s response to the coronavirus.
Sarno said in the news conference that the good trend of positive cases of COVID-19 in Springfield continues. There is now a total of 3,004 cases with no new deaths for a total of 131 deaths. The following deaths are broken up by race:
- 57 White
- 31 Black
- 41 Hispanic
- 2 Asian
Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack said Baystate Health has 17 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and one in critical care. The health system is testing roughly 1,000 people a day and they have a 1.1 percent testing rate overall for positive cases.
Mercy Medical Center has three hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and none in the ICU according to Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer and Regional Chief, Addiction Medicine, and Recovery Services Dr. Robert Roose. The hospital tested about 2,500 tests in the past week and preformed more than 36,000 tests total.
Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris said Springfield is continuing to move in a positive direction. Last week there were 31 new COVID-19 cases and there were 35 positives cases the week before. Caulton-Harris also said Tapestry Health has tested a total of 775 individuals in Springfield.
Sarno has been providing these updates weekly since the start of the pandemic. He will be joined with 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 Wednesday August 26, Springfield had a total of 3,201 COVID-19 cases, with 72 cases in the last 14 days.