SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – COVID-19 cases in Springfield have more than doubled in the last two weeks. These data come in the heels of a masquerade council that the city aired last week.
Two weeks ago, the city reported 250 COVID-19 cases. Fast forward 14 days and there are 522 reported cases.
“We will continue to see these numbers rise, and it’s really up to us whether we protect each other or not,” said Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris.
Caulton-Harris advises people to protect each other when it comes to the spread of COVID-19.
In the week of March 27, the city experienced 115 positive cases. In the week of April 17, there were 250 cases, and now, just last week, there were 522 cases.
The city of Springfield has just reissued a mask counseling last week for the most vulnerable. Western Mass News gets answers and asked Caulton-Harris with cases still rising, is a mask mandate off the table?
“Should we reach a point where we are, where we see our cases really explode beyond what we see right now, then we will certainly consider,” Caulton-Harris explained.
A Springfield resident responded Tuesday to the rise in cases.
“I think it’s because people are traveling. I really do. You can see I’m not wearing a mask. People do not wear them when they are sick, ”said Susan Jensen from Springfield.
Jensen told us that she believes that cases are partly increasing due to changes in some workplace protocols, such as removing particularly covid-related sick time.
“Employers because they do not give the right time and pay people that people go sick to work, and that’s how it will spread even more,” Jensen added.
Springfield Public Schools is also experiencing an increase in cases.
“Just as numbers are rising in the city, we are seeing the same thing in schools … 95 positive COVID cases were reported. That’s up from 44 the week before,” said Springfield Public Schools spokesman Azell Cavaan.
We asked Cavaan about certain schools that were affected more than others.
“We’ve never at any school had a case where it’s like bam, one day you see a big cluster of pupils or students all coming down with COVID at the same time,” Cavaan explained.
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