SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno held a weekly update on the city’s response to the coronavirus Tuesday morning.
Mayor Sarno said in the news conference that Springfield had four positive COVID-19 cases on friday, three cases on Saturday, five on Sunday and one on Monday for a total of 3,035 confirmed cases within the city with a total of 131 deaths.
Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer and Regional Chief, Addiction Medicine, and Recovery Services Dr. Robert Roose said there are two hospitalized patients with COVID-19 at Mercy Medical Center, one of whom is in the ICU. The hospital is continuing to see a relatively low test positivity rate of 1.2 percent which is just above the state average.
According to Baystate Health Department of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases Chief Dr. Armando Paez, there are 12 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 within Baystate Health, 2 of whom are in critical care units.
The Stop the Spread testing initiative was scheduled to end on September 12 but the city requested it be extended until the 30 which according to Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris has been granted.
There are currently no police officers with COVID-19 within the police department.
Springfield Police Chief said the police department made three gun arrests over the weekend and seized three semi-automatic handguns.
The police department is continuing their anti-drag racing detail and they made six arrests over the weekend, issued three criminal complaints, and towed numerous cars and dirt bikes.
There was also an unattended death on Saturday morning where a body was found at Five Mile Pond. The victim has not yet been identified. Clapprood said there was also a murder on Friday night around 11:15 pm on Portland street. A man succumbed to his gunshot injury and one woman was injured. Clapprood stated that it is believed to be domestic-related.
Mayor Sarno was joined by 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 Department of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases Chief Dr. Armando Paez
- Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer and Regional Chief, Addiction Medicine, and Recovery Services Dr. Robert Roose
“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.”-Mayor Sarno