SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield provided a weekly update on the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Monday morning.
Last week, Springfield was once again designated as a “high-risk” community for transmission of the virus. This means that the city is back in the red zone with 951 positive cases reported in just the last two weeks.
A red zone means the city had more than 25 COVID cases that were reported in the last 14 days. Just a little over two weeks ago, Springfield hit a new milestone after being in the red zone for about a year and was listed as moderate-risk (yellow zone) in the DPH’s report.
“We did sense the last few weeks with the uptick and the reopening there seems to be a little bit of lax, people are getting a little lax. We noticed more and more people are not wearing masks, and we still have to stay ever vigilant,” Mayor Sarno said.
Mayor Sarno added that businesses should continue following all CDC guidelines in order to move forward in the reopening process and bring back business, consumer, and public confidence.
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