SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno provided a weekly update on the city’s response to the coronavirus Monday morning.
Springfield has reported three new deaths due to COVID-19 bringing the total deaths to 136.
There were a total of 253 new positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend. Friday there were 96 new cases, 119 new cases Saturday, and 38 new cases Sunday. There were a total of 532 new cases of COVID-19 for the week.
Health leaders warned people to think twice about gathering during thanksgiving as holiday gatherings have previously shown to be super-spreader events.
Mayor Sarno said that the Springfield Police Department has recently taken a “huge hit” from the recent increase in coronavirus cases. Right now, the department is down 25 police officers due to COVID-19.
State police have been put on notice for if and when they might be needed.
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. As of Wednesday, there were a total of 5,824 cases within the city, 1,117 of which were in the last 14 days.