SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno along with Springfield city officials have provided a COVID-19 update Monday morning.

Mayor Sarno has announced as of Monday, there are 541 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Springfield. Sarno added 11 people have died from the virus.

Dr. Mark Keroack, CEO of Baystate Health

  • 2,826 people tested for COVID-19
  • 2,167 people tested negative
  • 648 tested positive
  • 11 tests still pending results
  • Flattening of the curve is happening
  • Number of patients on ventilators have declined
  • Over 400 COVID-19 positive patients have been managed; nurse’s skills have increased
  • Deaths are mostly those who are elderly 
  • The facility has enough beds to manage a significant surge 
  • Offering drive-thru testing on an appointment basis on several sites for Baystate patients 
  • Majority of patients who were admitted to the hospital during the beginning of the outbreak have been discharged

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

  • 2,039 people have been tested for COVID-19
  • 674 people have tested positive for COVID-19
  • 1,492 people have tested negative
  • 71 results are still pending
  • Social distancing and other safety guideline have had a great impact; progress is being made
  • Less than half of COVID-19 patients do not need to be hospitalized 

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris

  • Last Monday – 254 cases; Monday – 541 cases in Springfield
  • A doubling in positive cases in Springfield have been reported, no zip code is left out of the equation 
  • Berkshire county had 350 COVID-19 cases and Franklin had 143 cases, totaling 493
  • We are experiencing more in Springfield than both counties combined
  • Individuals who live close and are clustered in Springfield are the areas where most positive cases are reported
  • Data has shown African Americans have a higher chance of contracting the virus due to common health conditions 
  • There is a surge in the city; There were 60 cases on Friday, 45 cases on Saturday, and 43 on Sunday 
  • Residents need to practice social distancing and hygiene guidelines
  • Stay home if you are sick and wear masks when out in public
City of Springfield map that showcases positive COVID-19 cases

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood

  • PPE has been donated to the Springfield police dept. 
  • 21 police officers are home and in quarantine, 1 civilian 
  • 7 officers who tested positive for COVID-19 have returned
  • National Guard and State Police have been a great assist to the department

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi

  • 6 crew members out in quarantine
  • 1 member of the 6 have tested positive for COVID-19
  • 3 members should be returning to work this week
  • The fire department is in great shape
  • Significant fires over the weekend in the Liberty Heights area
  • The department has started a food drive to help those in need within the community. Donate non-perishable items to the station if you would like to help!

Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Daniel Warwick

  • On Thursday, 60,000 meals were distributed to those in need
  • 200,000 meals in total have been given out 
  • 3 meals a day plus a snack will be distributed this week
  • The facility will be open next Monday on Patriots Day 
  • 17,000 laptops have been distributed to students 
  • Families who didn’t sign up are asked to contact your school if you need a laptop –  delivery is available

“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