LATEST: 2,400 COVID-19 cases in Springfield; 101 reported deaths

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As businesses across the state begin to discuss the re-opening of phase 2, Springfield Mayor Sarno along with several city leaders provided a COVID-19 update Monday morning at City Hall.

Today marks the ninth anniversary of a deadly tornado that led a 40-mile path of destruction through western Massachusetts at 4:38 pm. A moment of silence took place before the meeting began to pay respects to those who lost their loved ones, and those who were killed during the tornado. A moment of silence was also given to George Floyd who was killed by police in Minneapolis. 

In terms of COVID-19, there were 29 positive cases reported on Friday, 20 on Saturday, and 18 on Sunday. Sarno confirmed there is a total of 2,400 COVID-19 cases in the city of Springfield and 101 reported deaths.

Nancy Shendell-Falik President Baystate Medical Center & Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations, Baystate Health

  • A total of 13,670 have been tested 
  • 1,754 have tested positive (13 percent)
  • 11,859 have tested negative (87 percent)
  • 215 deaths (12 percent) 
  • Positive results continue to trend down
  • 44 patients are currently hospitalized 
  • 9 critical condition
  • 8 percent of COVID-19 patients make up Baystate Medical center, 92 percent are non-COVID 19 related 
  • Clinical trials continue to treat COVID-19 
  • DCF children will now be tested for COVID-19

Dr. Robert Roose, Chief Medical oOfficer at Mercy Medical Center

  • 13 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 
  • 3 are in critical condition
  • Less than 20 confirmed or suspected cases over the last 4 weeks
  • 7 weeks of declining positive case numbers reported
  • A total of 11,400 have been tested thus far
  • Nearly 2,500 have tested positive 
  • An average of 6 positive tests per day at Mercy Medical

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris

  • Residents in Springfield have been doing an amazing job in terms of listening to guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 
  • 2,400 have tested positive 
  • 101 Springfield residents have died from the coronavirus
  • 54 were White
  • 23 were Black
  • 24 were Asian
  • 101,711 across the nation have now died from the coronavirus 
  • 646 new COVID-19 cases in the state have been reported

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi

  • 2 members out on COVID-19 symptoms and will be getting tested
  • 3 recent building fires
  • Major car accident on Saturday
  • Brushfire on Friday
  • Multiple burning complaints 
  • Warning to keep an eye on disposing of flammable items

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood

  • 3 officers are out regarding COVID-19
  • 3 officers left the department to assist the national guard
  • Friday’s protest went well and remained peacefully
  • Clapprood expressed the department is just as frustrated as the protestors regarding the death of George Floyd 

VIDEO: Springfield Police Commissioner responds to protest outside police headquarters

Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Daniel Warwick

  • Over 95,4908 meals distributed during COVID-19 pandemic
  • 17 local sites available to pick up meals
  • Central High distributes meals on Friday
  • The program will reach a million mark of meals distributed this week
  • 8 virtual graduations will be held this week on FOCUS Springfield and the public school’s city website
  • Summer school program to be offered virtually 

“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 Sarno

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