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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and city officials provided residents with a coronavirus update Monday morning.

Mayor Sarno has confirmed there are now 1,080 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Springfield. Sarno also added there 21 deaths in the city which are mostly tied to nursing homes.

Dr. Mark Keroack, CEO of Baystate Health

  • 5,000+ have been tested for COVID-19
  • 4,000+ have tested negative 
  • The positive rate is declining because of the expansion testing
  • 5 drive-through sites available that include Greenfield, Westfield, Ware, and two in Springfield 
  • 126 inpatients, 17 under investigation – lower than recent data
  • Enough rooms available incase of surge 
  • There are 350 non-COVID-19 patients being cared for in separate areas
  • Dr. Keroack doesn’t suspect anything to return to normal anytime soon, a change in society will occur

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

  • 4,303 people have been tested for COVID-19
  • 1,409 have tested positive 
  • Nearly 3,000 tested negative 
  • Positive results are slowly decrease – Currently below 30%; before it was over 40%
  • There are now 32 hospitalized compared to 50 and 60 earlier in April 
  • Below 40% of patients are under investigation 
  • Majority cared for are non-covid019 patients 
  • Less than 20 % of patients make up COVID-19 patients 
  • Focused on recovery and what will become the new normal

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris

  • Hampden County has a total of 3,229 positive cases 
  • 1,080 positive COVID-19 cases in Springfield; an  increase of 283 since last week
  • 2,899 deaths in the state; an increased by 1,000 since last week
  • 1,632 positive cases amongst longterm care and nursing facilities in the state 
  • High-density areas (hot spots) in Springfield include zip codes: 01103, 01103, 01105, 01107, 01109 
  • Homeless testing will still be continued 
  • Testing asymptomatic is important to evaluate results
  • Face masks include using bandanas, and scarfs. There’s no reason to find a cloth mask 
  • Individuals who have COVID-19 can’t be identified if they are your neighbors due to HIPPA regulations
  • Ingesting or injecting toxic chemical will kill you and will not treat COVID-19
MAP: Cluster of COVID-19 cases in Springfield

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood

  • The police department is down 6 officers due to COVID-19 related illness
  • 14 officers who tested positive have returned
  • Several arrests were made over the weekend 
  • 12 illegal firearms have been seized since March 
  • An arrest was made involving illegal dirt bike riding recently 
  • Springfield police academy will be hosting a virtual graduation ceremony

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi

  • The fire department is down 9 members 
  • 2 of those out have tested positive 
  • The other 7  are in self-quarantine
  • 4 members are expected to return this week 
  • Low numbers due to team effort and following protocols

Springfield Superintendent Daniel Warwick

  • Up to 400,000 meals have been provided
  • There are 17 locations in Springfield to pick up meals
  • Children and families in homeless shelters are getting meals as well
  • 17,000 laptops have been distributed thus far
  • The 4th quarter grading is in process with the credit no credit system along with feedback

“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 live stream 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 and for the better as one.  May God Bless you and your families.”

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno

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