SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno along with city health officials provided an update on the city’s response to COVID-19 Monday morning.
This week marks one year since the city of Springfield declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus crisis. Mayor Sarno talked about the resilience the community has demonstrated in the face of tragedy.
It has been a tumultuous and surreal past year as we have dealt to defeat this COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. We have faced the full spectrum of death to resiliency. We have mourned many times alone and prayed in the spirit of hope. For those of you all who continue to be on the front lines, with your dedicated, brave, and compassionate efforts, a huge thank you goes out to you all and your families too. We have shed many tears, but rest assured, hope springs eternal and we will laugh and smile again. May God Bless you all.Domenic Sarno, Springfield Mayor
Public leaders are now shifting their focus to the vaccine rollout and making sure there is enough federal supply, especially for those in underserved communities.
“Right now, we remain in a critical period. It is an optimistic time with trends moving in the right direction, and we are hopefully through the worst of it. But we are not done with this pandemic yet. There is still a long way to go,” Sarno said.
Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack said the rate of new infections in Springfield plateaued for about a week, but appears to be going back down again.
As of Monday, there are 64 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, nine of whom are in the ICU. The test positivity rate within the hospital is 3.2 percent. Mayor Sarno joined with the following people:
- 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
Springfield is still listed as a high risk community for COVID-19. There are 881 COVID-19 cases reported in Springfield over the last 14 days bringing the total of cases to 17,730 as of Thursday March, 4.