SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno along with city officials and city health officials provided an update on the city’s response to the coronavirus Monday morning.
Mayor 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
Health leaders say we are entering a third surge of the virus. The new surge is being attributed to young, unvaccinated people. The average age of hospitalized patients is falling because most seniors have been vaccinated.
With another increase in cases, Baystate Health president and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack said that everyone should continue adhering to public health measures outlined by the CDC.
“The virus is not done with us, and the virus will not be done with us until the great majority of us are either vaccinated or infected. Obviously the easier road is to get vaccinated,” Keroack said.
Everyone in the state over the age of 16 will be eligible to book a vaccine appointment beginning on April 19th.
Dr. Keroack says if you are reluctant to receive the vaccine you should speak to a trusted source to weigh the risks of the vaccine versus the risks of COVID-19 infection.
Springfield is still listed as moderate risk level for COVID-19. On Thursday, March 18 the city was listed as moderate risk level for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
As of Thursday, Springfield now has a total of 18,675 COVID-19 cases, with 600 cases reported within the last 14 days.