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Springfield COVID-19

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
Spirit of Springfield

     Undimmed by the pandemic, the largest holiday light show in New England will open to the public today at sundown.

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.

Food Bank van and AMR ambulance
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

Food insecurity in western Massachusetts is climbing along with the surge in coronavirus cases.

Baystate Medical Center sign
Baystate Health

    COVID-19 cases are exploding exponentially in western Massachusetts.

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
Spirit of Springfield

     Details have been announced for how the largest holiday lighting display in New England will go on this year with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. 

a student learns remotely
SPS

     Education officials in Massachusetts today said school districts should make in-person learning a priority even in places where risk levels are high for community spread of COVID-19.

       With COVID-19 cases rising, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered new restrictions.

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. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

     With COVID-19 case counts remaining high in the greater Springfield, Massachusetts area, officials are wary about the upcoming holidays.

A bar graph of COVID-19 cases by ZIP code
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

    Officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are encouraged by signs that a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases may have been tamped down.

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. 

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Massachusetts DPH

The three largest cities in Massachusetts are now all considered at high risk for COVID-19 infections according to data released by the state’s health department. 

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. 

Spirit of Springfield

At least one traditional event is not being cancelled this year because of the pandemic.

It was announced this week that Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield will be held.

The massive holiday light display will go on for a 26th year.  

There will be public health safety measures observed that will require some changes.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield, the organization that produces Bright Nights.

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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.

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     Halloween is still several weeks away, but the largest city in western Massachusetts has made a decision about how it can safely be celebrated during the pandemic.

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      More COVID-19 testing is going to be available this month in the largest city in western Massachusetts, as new challenges emerge to keeping the virus in check.

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      The number of new COVID-19 cases in the largest city in western Massachusetts remains low, but officials are concerned that could change as local colleges welcome students back. 

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     Officials say Springfield, Massachusetts has achieved a positive milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

MDPH

   Just a few weeks after sounding an alarm about rising COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, government officials and health experts in Springfield say the virus trends are positive in the state’s third-largest city. 

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

        Like so many events this summer, a free annual music festival in Springfield, Massachusetts is going virtual. 

  

    New rules take effect today in Massachusetts as efforts continue to stop an uptick in coronavirus cases.  

a student learns remotely
SPS

It will be a fully remote start to the school year in the largest school district in western Massachusetts.

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.

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Springfield Public Schools

     The first day of school in Springfield, Massachusetts has been pushed back two weeks to September 15th.

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  The largest teachers’ union in Massachusetts held a rally in Springfield Monday as the organization campaigns for remote-only learning to start the new school year.

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    A barbershop, a diner, and an auto shop are among 13 small businesses in the Indian Orchard neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts to receive some financial help this week to recover from the pandemic-induced shutdowns.

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Citing the pandemic, officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts have announced a crackdown on unsanctioned events. 

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  An outbreak of COVID-19 has occurred inside the largest hospital in western Massachusetts.

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   Like everything else, farmers’ markets have made changes for the sake of health and safety.

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