SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield City officials and health officials provided an update on the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Monday morning.
Springfield now has a total of 22,232 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, 154 of which were within the last week. Springfield is no longer listed as a high-risk community and has been moved down to moderate risk for the spread of COVID-19.
Mayor Sarno is urging more residents to get vaccinated and is stressing that slots are widely available throughout the region and you don’t need to book an appointment to get your shot. He said that about 40,000 people have been vaccinated so far in Springfield.
Mercy Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Roose said that the updated guidance on masks from the CDC is all thanks to the success of the vaccines which will help the city move beyond the pandemic.
“It’s clear that if you are fully vaccinated, as was said by the (CDC) director, Dr. Walensky, yesterday, you are safe from severe infection from asymptomatic infection and from transmission of the virus to others,” Roose added.
Mayor Domenic Sarno joined with the following people at 10:15 a.m.:
- 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 President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack
- Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer and Regional Chief, Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services Dr. Robert Roose