LATEST: Four weeks without a COVID-19 death in Springfield, 3,125 confirmed cases

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Domenic Sarno was joined with health officials to provide a weekly COVID-19 update for the city of Springfield Monday morning.

The city of Springfield currently has 3,125 COVID-19 confirmed cases. Springfield remains to be identified in the weekly COVID-19 map to be in the green. Sarno said the city of Springfield has continued to have zero deaths from COVID-19 for four weeks now. Springfield’s COVID-19 deaths remains at 131.

Sarno also said over the weekend, another person defaced the Black Lives Matter mural on Court Street. He said the Springfield Police have surveillance footage of the incident and will pursue to identify the suspect.

“We’re going get you, and I’m going to make an example, so please don’t do it,” Sarno stated.

Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack:

Baystate currently has 13 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 with four in the ICU. Baystate Health is testing around 1,000 people a day with less than a 1 percent positivity rate.

Keroack is also reminding residents to keep wearing masks and don’t assume that the virus isn’t in places you least expect it to be.

Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Roose:

Mercy Medical Center currently has one hospitalized patient with COVID-19 and none in the ICU. Last week, the hospital had six days in a row with no COVID-19 patients. Dr. Roose said their testing positivity rate remains low, last week was 1 percent. The hospital has tested over 44,000 people for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.

Dr. Roose commended universities and colleges for their consistent testing and protocols in place for COVID-19.

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris:

Springfield COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks:

  • August 31st – September 6th – 29 cases
  • September 7th – September 13th – 39 cases
  • September 14th – September 20th – 51 cases

Caulton-Harris said Springfield is seeing a small rise in cases the last few weeks but also that Labor Day weekend may have affected those numbers, as cases from holidays typically rise two weeks after they occur.

The city has expanded the Stop the Spread testing sites up to October 31st. Since the beginning of the Stop the Spread testing sites, over 5,000 Springfield residents have been tested, which also includes testing by Tapestry Health.

Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood:

There are zero police officers out with COVID-19. In the last week, Springfield Police has taken 15 illegal guns off the streets, two of which were ghost guns.

Commissioner Clapprood said a few of those weapons were seized from a Liberty Street fire over the weekend where large amount of marijuana was also seized.

Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick:

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Springfield schools has distributed over 3 million meals to students. Over 94,000 meals were handed out this weekend.

Warwick is reminding parents that the school system is offering tech support for parents from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. everyday. Also, if a family needs a laptop, you can pick one up at the school or they can deliver them to you if you call your children’s school.

Student attendants was over 90 percent everyday last week. Kindergarten began Monday and preschool will begin next week.

Warwick also stressed that there is no air quality problems in their schools.

Sarno was join by the following people:

  • Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris
  • Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick
  • City Solicitor Ed Pikula
  • Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood
  • 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

Mayor Sarno states, “Out of an abundance of caution due to the current public health emergency and the evolving concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), my administration will continue to hold these Monday morning situational update meetings for the media, and for the public to view via livestream on our social media presence indefinitely until further notice. I will continue to have our dedicated city team and medical experts keep you updated on what has or has not occurred, and what we are proactively doing about it. As my administration has done before with prior challenges and just as important – we will get through this together. May God Bless you and your families.”

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