SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield city officials and health officials provided its final update on the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Monday morning.
Springfield now has a total of 22,388 positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, 156 of which were reported in the past two weeks. Mayor Sarno said the weekly total is continuing to lower.
Mayor Sarno held the City of Springfield’s first COVID-19 situational update meeting on March 16, 2020, after declaring a state of emergency in the City of Springfield on March 13, 2020. The following officials provided weekly updates throughout the pandemic:
- 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
Mayor Sarno states, “First, I want to thank my dedicated team from Cabinet Heads down to our rank-and-file and their families, who have been tested and true. I especially want to recognize Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of our residents and business community. I truly appreciate and deeply thank Dr. Mark Keroack and Dr. Robert Roose for their leadership and expertise throughout this pandemic. Since day one they have been a vital and important partner to help our community and bring awareness for our residents. I also want to recognize Patrick Pickering and Patrick Leonardo of AMR who have gone above and beyond in partnering with the city on a number of initiatives throughout this pandemic.”
“I am proud to say that throughout this pandemic the City of Springfield has never closed. Vital core services continued,” Mayor Sarno added. “Through stable and strong leadership with compassion, we were able to get through this together as one. I cannot thank our residents and business community enough for their continued patience and vigilance. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, the City of Springfield can now begin to transition into fully reopening. I want to wish everyone good health and continued success and I am looking forward to see everyone in-person as we continue to work together to defeat this COVID-19 Coronavirus and return to how things were before. God Bless you all and God Bless our City of Springfield.”
The City of Springfield is transitioning to the full phased reopening and lifting COVID-19 restrictions. The city continues to see the positive COVID-19 cases trend downwards and vaccinations increasing.