SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and city health officials are scheduled to provide a weekly update on the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic Monday afternoon.
Mayor Sarno started the update with COVID-19 numbers over the weekend. On Thursday, Springfield reported 87 cases. Over the weekend, 118 cases were reported. In total, Springfield has reported 4,202 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. No new deaths were reported in Springfield this weekend.
Dr. Mark Keroack, President and CEO of Baystate Health, said they currently have 38 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 on Monday and no patients in the ICU. He said over the weekend, they reached 40 patients. Baystate Health is testing about 1,000 people a day. Dr. Keroack suggested to keep holiday gatherings small and to get tested ahead if you are traveling over the holidays.
Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Medical Center Dr. Robert Roose said their hospital has seen the number of patients positive with COVID-19 double in the past week. On Monday, Mercy Medical Center is reporting 13 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and one patient in the ICU. The hospital is also reporting a three percent testing rate, which is three times higher than what was reported a month ago.
Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris said cases are continuing to rise in Springfield. According to the last week of data, 72 percent of the COVID-19 case numbers are from people under the age of 40.
Caulton-Harris said households continue to be the highest rate where infections occur.
Springfield’s daily case numbers in the last 7 days:
Springfield’s case numbers in the last 8 months:
Springfield is still listed as a high-risk area for COVID-19 and is going on the fifth week of being high risk. In the last two weeks, Hampden County had 935 COVID-19 cases, Hampshire County had 92 cases, Franklin County had 42 cases and Berkshire County had 34 cases. Agawam, Blandford, Brimfield, Granby, Palmer, West Springfield, East Longmeadow, Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Westfield and Buckland were listed as high risk in the latest weekly COVID-19 map update.