Helen Caulton-Harris | WAMC

Helen Caulton-Harris

COVID-19 testing
Courtesy of Orange County, NY government

     COVID-19 testing capacity is being expanded in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

COVID-19 cases on a graph
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

      After climbing exponentially for weeks, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Springfield, Massachusetts has leveled off, but health officials fear a post-Thanksgiving surge.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Baystate Medical Center sign
Baystate Health

    COVID-19 cases are exploding exponentially in western Massachusetts.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

As a second wave of COVID-19 cases hits Massachusetts, officials in the state’s third largest city have announced steps they’ll take to try to stop the spread of the disease. 

Helen Caulton-Harris points to a chart
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

       Springfield, Massachusetts is recording its highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases in months --and it is younger people who are getting infected. 

Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris with a chart
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

There has been a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases detected in Springfield, Massachusetts. 


There has been an uptick in new COVID-19 cases in the largest city in western Massachusetts prompting appeals for people to stick with the state’s health and safety guidelines.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A testing program for the coronavirus in Massachusetts communities with higher infection rates is starting in Springfield, but its effectiveness is being questioned.


The number of new COVID-19 cases occurring day-to-day remains low in the largest city in western Massachusetts.  But, Springfield’s top health official is sounding an alarm.

Springfield Police Department Headquarters on Pearl Street
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

     The mayor of the largest city in western Massachusetts has announced several steps to improve race relations.  

       In response to the mounting public health crisis, public access is being denied to more and more government buildings. 

Springfield Commissioner of Health and Human Services Helen Caulton-Harris and Mayor Domenic Sarno held an info session about the coronavirus at the Hungry Hill Senior Center.

     Officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are taking what they describe as a “measured response” to the coronavirus. 

Opening day crowds at the MGM Springfield Casino gaming floor

    The public health department in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts – home to one of the state’s resort casinos – is going to start collecting data on problem gambling.

  Alarmed by a sharp rise in opioid deaths last year in the third largest city in Massachusetts, officials have taken steps to try to lower the fatality rate.

     Alarmed by a stunning increase in opioid fatalities last year, officials in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts are trying to come up with strategies to bring down the death rate. 

       With a recent measles outbreak in the news and the on-going opioid addiction crisis, it is an opportune time to bring attention to public health resources.



     Rules that would prohibit vaping in public places in the largest city in western Massachusetts are being considered by public health officials.

A treatment area in the emergency room at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA

    A new government report underscores the challenge facing public health officials in Massachusetts as the opioid addiction crisis continues to grip the state.